Six people, including two police inspectors, were reportedly killed when suspected bandits attacked a Coaster bus carrying African Ceramics workers along the Niger River Bridge at Ajaokuta in Kogi State.
Others killed along with the police inspectors were two expatriates, a navy officer and a driver, while many were kidnapped. The gunmen reportedly ambushed the workers returning from work.
The incident, sources said, happened on Friday evening around 7:30 p.m. when the deceased and kidnapped victims were returning from their workplace West African Ceramics located in Ajaokuta. A source, who did not want his name mentioned, said: “It is another dark day for us in Ajaokuta.
We still mourn the murder of seven officers and the kidnapping of three children. Now another tragic incident has happened again. “The dead and kidnapped victims were returning to their estate on the Niger Bridge before they were ambushed. They were working with West African Ceramics.
The police exchanged fire with these criminals but unfortunately two of them were killed alongside an Indian, a driver and another person inside the vehicle.
The driver’s name is Muhammed. Also, three foreigners were taken into the bush by these unidentified armed men”.
Kogi state police spokesman SP William Aya who confirmed the killings yesterday said ‘two expatriates, two company drivers and two police inspectors died in the firefight with the thugs, before the area commander and a detachment of soldiers in the reinforced area at the scene of the incident, and the assailants fled.
“Following the attacks on expatriate West Africa Ceramics Company Ajaokuta and police escort at around 8:00 p.m. on Friday August 5, 2022, Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Edward Egbuka, went there for assessment and also ordered the deployment of additional operational means, made up of officers from the mobile police force, the counter-terrorism unit, the rapid intervention unit, the state intelligence office in synergy with other security agencies to restore normality in the region.
“CP assured that the Command is committed to working in synergy with other security agencies as well as patriotic actors to make the state a safe and secure place for one and all,” Aya added.
He said the PC had further instructed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) to initiate investigations into the unfortunates to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the attack in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.