At least two police officers were killed on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, when gunmen open fire on a police patrol team along Agbaja road, in Lokoja, Kogi State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, William Aya, in a statement, said the hoodlums emerged from the bush and attacked the team when they arrived for their routine patrol along the road.
He stated that as a result of the attack, the Command lost two of its personnel during a gun duel with the hoodlums, noting that the attackers fled before the re-enforcement team arrived the area.
Aya said, “The hoodlums emerged from the bush and attacked the team when they arrived for their routine patrol.
“However, the Command lost two of its personnel during the gun duel with the hoodlums as they fled before the re-enforcement team arrived.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Akeem Yusuf, immediately deployed a team of tactical operatives to the area while trailing the hoodlums to apprehend and bring them to book.
“He further directs the Deputy Commissioner of Police to commence an investigation into the incident.
“The Commissioner of Police also uses this medium to call on the people of the area to assist the Police with credible information on the identity of the hoodlums to enable the Command to curtail their act of criminality.”
In a related development, Chief Joe Unuame, chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state, and his driver, have been confirmed dead in a car accident at the early hours of Wednesday.
Sources said that Chief Joe Unuame’s Toyota black Jeep had a head-on collision with a tanker after Umeh junction along Ughelli/Patani road, while on his way to PDP Campaign in Patani.
The sources said the driver died on the spot, while Chief Joe Unuame was rushed to a nearby hospital but died later after fruitless efforts by medical doctors to revive him.
Chief Joe Unuame, hails from Akpere-Olomu community, Olomu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.
He was until his death, a staunch member of the PDP and a strong supporter of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Francis Orohwedor Oborevwori, Governorship candidate of the PDP in Delta state.