The Kogi State Police Command has disclosed that its operatives have recovered a Toyota Sienna Bus used by some yet-to-be-knowm gunmen to attack the official residence of Dr. Gabriel Longpet, the state Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP William Aya, said the vehicle was abandoned in front of the REC‘s official residence.
DSP Aya, who confirmed the development in a statement in Lokoja, however,
said it was found burnt at the entrance of the house, stating that the criminals later fled the scene when they came under superior fire power of policemen on duty at the residence.
He explained that the Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, has ordered deployment of a team of Tactical Operatives to the scene while a manhunt has been launched for the hoodlums.
According to him, “unknown armed hoodlums stormed the Quarters of the REC, INEC and started shooting sporadically.
“The police guards on duty at the residence engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and denied them access to the premises.”
Aya also revealed that Onuoha had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to commence investigation with a view to apprehending the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.