We’ll soon rescue kidnapped children, apprehend killers of Indian expatriate – Kogi govt vows

We’ll soon rescue kidnapped children, apprehend killers of Indian expatriate – Kogi govt vows

By Boluwaji Obahopo, LOKOJA

Kogi State government and Police in the state said they are working together to rescue three children that were kidnapped on Thursday in Ajaokuta, Ajaokuta council area of the state.

The government and Police also said they are on the trail of gunmen who killed two security officers, a driver and an Indian expatriate all working at West Africa Ceramic company, Ajaokuta LGA.

Vanguard gathered that unknown gunmen believed to be kidnappers had ambushed a coaster bus that convey foreign (Indians) staff of WEST AFRICA CERAMICS LIMITED (ROYAL CERAMICS AJAOKUTA), killed the policeman, a Naval officer, a driver and an Indian man at the Niger Bridge before the Ceramics companies on Friday.

In a separate attack in the town, three children were whisked away by another set of gunmen on Thursday.

The state government in a statement on Saturday by the Commissioner of Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo said, “As a Government that is accountable to the people, we wish to make the following statements concerning the breach of security in Ajaokuta Local Government Area and efforts at retaining the trust of our people in protecting them: 

“Kogi State is known for distinguishing herself in ensuring security of lives and property of not only the residents, but also travellers across the state which shares borders with nine other states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“In as much as we activate dynamism in our security architecture and strategy, we recognise the fact that some cowards will sometimes try to undermine our efforts. What we have always done in such circumstances is to go after the criminals, apprehend them and bring them to justice. 

“Immediately the unfortunate report was brought to the attention of the State Government, our administration has spread our security net in working with the conventional security agencies and local vigilante groups to ensure the abducted children are rescued alive and the cowards who abducted them brought to book. 

“In as much as we would not want to divulge everything about the current operations to rescue the children unhurt  which we know will be achieved very soon, we wish to assure Kogi residents that Government will remain vigilant in protecting the people. We will continue to work with security agencies to retain our enviable position as the safest state in the country today. 

“In addition, the attack on a Ceramic Company in Ajaokuta last night was unfortunate and condemnable. The Police and other security agencies are currently combing the area to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous act. Investigations are still at an early stage now. We will rely on those reports when they are clearer and ready to brief the public. 

“As a Government, we have the capacity to rise to the challenge to defend our people. Security has been beefed up around the area and the affected company is cooperating with law enforcement agents to unravel the mystery behind the attack. We won’t succumb to the violence of criminals. We have been defeating the criminals before and we will defeat them again. Kogi is a no-go area to criminals. 

“Community leaders, political actors and everyone must plug into our security architecture and efforts at keeping our state safe. Be assured that the Governor is personally leading these efforts and from the front. To our friends in the media, we urge you to observe the rules of crime reporting and do everything possible to avoid sensationalism when reporting crime. A safe Kogi is the benefit of all, including the media.”

. CP Visits Scene, Deploys Operational Assets to Restore Order

The state police on their own in a statement by the Police Public Relations officer, DSP William Anya said, “Consequent upon the attacks on expatriates of West Africa Ceramics Company Ajaokuta and Police escort at about 2000hrs of Friday 5th of August,2022, the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, *CP Edward Egbuka, psc (+)* has visited the scene for on-the-spot assessment and has equally ordered the deployment of additional operational assets consisting of Operatives of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Quick Response Unit, State Intelligence Bureau in synergy with other security agencies to restore normalcy in the area. 

“Meanwhile, two expatriates, two Company drivers and two Police Inspectors died in the exchange of fire with the hoodlums, before the Area Commander and a detachment of Military in the area reinforced to the scene of incident, and the attackers fled.

“The CP assures that the Command is committed to working in synergy with other security agencies as well as patriotic stakeholders  to make the State a safe and secure place for all and sundry. He has further tasked the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) to commence investigations into the unfortunate incident so as to unravel the remote and immediate cause of the attack with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.”

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