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Violent Rampage in Kogi State: Hoodlums Burn Homes, Police Launch Investigation

Kogi State

A group of criminals recently caused chaos in Agojeju-Odo, a community in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State, setting fire to numerous homes. This incident occurred in the early hours of Friday, April 5, 2024.

The Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Aya, confirmed the situation, stating that the State Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, has dispatched tactical teams to the area. Investigations are underway to determine the motive behind the attack and identify those responsible.

“Yes, there was an attack in the village in Omala. The CP has deployed the enforcement team along with other security agencies.”

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Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, expressed concern over recent crime statistics. Over the past eight weeks, there have been 537 reported murder cases, 141 incidents of terrorism or secessionist attacks, 26 cases of armed robbery, 214 instances of kidnapping, and 39 cases of unlawful possession of firearms.

During a meeting with Zonal AIGs and State Command Police Commissioners at Force headquarters, Egbetokun also mentioned that nine suspects involved in the killing of six police officers in the forest at Ohoror in Ughelli LGA of Delta State have been apprehended and are assisting in the investigation of the incident.

He said: “Also, during the period under review, the Nigeria Police Force arrested 3,685 suspects for their participation in various crimes, while the police rescued 401 kidnapped victims. The police recovered 216 firearms; 3,601 ammunition and 82 vehicles.”

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