4 killed, 2 injured as Bandits ambush Bagana Traders in Kogi.

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4 killed, 2 injured as Bandits ambush Bagana Traders in Kogi.

* Monarch appeals to Gov. Bello to wade in.
Four persons have been killed , while Two others sustained  various degrees of injuries by gunmen suspected to be bandits  at Ofeapo along Idrisu -Bagana Road in Omala Local Government Area of kogi state.
The victims who were returning from the war torn Bagana  market  around 8.30pm on Thursday were  ambushed and killed by suspected bandits.
The victims who were mainly traders where traveling in a   motorbike popular known as keke Napep when gunmen opened fire on them at a close range , killing four on the spot , while the two  lucky  survivors have been evaluated to nearby medical facility.
However, the police Command spokesperson, SP. William Aya , while confirming the incident, said one person, –a rider of the motorcycle -was killed while two others sustained injuries and were rushed to medical facilities in Abejukolo, headquarters of Omala LGC.
He said, the Commissioner of police , CP Edward Egbuka has mobilised tactical squad and officers of the Division to the scene to possibly fish out the perpetrators.
This is just as the paramount ruler of Omala Local Government Area Traditional council, HRH Boniface Musa, the Ojogba of Ife condemned the dastardly act and pray to God to give the family of the victims fortitude to bear the loss.
He decried the incessant attacks on the Bagana people by unknown gunmen, lamenting that this killing has taken the peace process aback, at a time where all hands have been on deck for safe return of the Internally displaced persons IDP to their homes.
He appealed to the state Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello to as matter of urgency wade into the lingering Bagana crisis that has killed tens of people and rendered many homeless.
While urging him to implement the recommendations of  the Col. Suleiman Babanawa rtd led committee , called for the deployment of the security agencies to Bagana town to forestall further bloodshed in the Communities.
According to the locals, those who were  killed are two males and two females  who are natives of Bagana but had to relocate to Abejukolo in the wake of the senseless killings in the Communities.
The locals lamented at the killing which they said, is one too many for a Community that has been under seize for more than a decade.
The inhabitants while  speaking to our correspondent amidst sobbing, decried the barbaric actions of the assailants who shot and killed Mrs Zainabu Abdullahi in front of  her six months old and shop off the head of another victim, as the lad mysteriously survived the attack.
They called on Governor Yahaya Bello to take over the security architecture in the community as efforts by his officials in the Local Government has not been able to stop the carnage.
Recall, that the Attah Igala HRM Matthew Alaji Opaluwa had given directives to the belligerents to lay down their arms and embrace peace or be ready to face the wrath of the law.
However, with the assurances  of of his Royal Majesty of the workable  peace process , submission of the Committee Reports in the past weeks, and the assurance by the Chairman of the Council, Ibrahim Aboh to guarrantee security for the people,  that the market was opened before the ugly incident.

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