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Bandits on rampage, unleash bloody Friday across country



…Gunmen kill over 40, burn houses in Kogi, Benue
…15 family members, 7 others kidnapped in Abuja
…Two monarchs abducted in Ebonyi, Bayelsa

NIGERIA recorded another bloody Friday as bandits went on a shooting spree across the country, killing and maiming people while burning houses down, yesterday.

  While over 20 people were killed in an early morning attack in Eika-Ohizenyi, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State when some locations including a Police Area Command office were raided by gun men on motorcycles, at least 15 persons were cut down and many others sustaining various degrees of injuries during a rain of bullet unleashed on two communities in Benue State.

  The two communities are Yelewata in Guma LGA and Jootar in Ukum LGA, all border communities between Benue, Nassarawa and Taraba States.

  A villager said three policemen were among those shot and killed in the attack in Kogi while a resident said the Jootar killings involved friends some of whom were identified as Fred Akaayar, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication at the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba State; Aondo Ayange Apever and Shiaondo Kachina, among others.

  Eyewitness also said dynamite was used by the attackers to cause explosions that set nearby hoses on fire, forcing occupants into scampering out to be shot by the hoodlums who were already waiting for them..

  Speaking during an on-the-spot assessment visit on Kogi community, Commissioner of Police in Kogi State, Edward Egbuka, said he had ordered the deployment of additional operational assets consisting of operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Quick Response Unit, and State Intelligence Bureau in synergy with other security agencies to restore normalcy to the area.

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  Also, at least 22 people, including 15 members of a family were abducted in Gurbe, Abaji Council of Abuja when bandits swooped on the community, yesterday.

  A resident of the community who identified himself as Ibrahim Barde said the abducted 15 family members were his children and those of his brother, Kusape Jingir working in their farms.

  According to him, others were picked up by the bandits form different locations around the farm land.

  Meanwhile, Kalaba and Isuokoma communities in Yenagoa Council of Bayelsa State and Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, respectively, are gripped in fear after tension following abduction of their traditional rulers, Chief Francis Kolubo and Eze Ambrose Ogbu by gunmen.

  In a related development, Divisional Police Officer in charge of Nasarawa Eggon Police Station in Nasarawa State, Haruna Abdulmalik was kidnapped by gunmen.

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