Gunmen, kidnappers On Rampage In Katsina And Kogi States

..Two Vigilantes killed, Newly Wedded Couple Abducted With Several Others In Katsina on Sunday , While On Friday in Kogi, 2 Indian  Expatriates And  2 Policemen and 2 Drivers  Were killed .

By Charles Edet

Suspected terrorrists, unleashed terror in Katsina State in the North East , and In Kogi, North Central of Nigeria last week.

The Katsina  incident occurred as Gunmen on Sunday morning struck the metropolis killing two vigilantes and abducted several residents including a newly wedded couple from Shola Quarters located in Katsina metropolis.

Shola Quarters is located behind the former Katsina Federal Medical Center now Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Teaching Hospital.

A source who preferred anonymity said the terrorists stormed the area around 1:00 a.m and operated till about 2:30 a.m undisputed before vigilantes came to the rescue but eventually lost two of their members after being overpowered by the bandits fierce gun power, the vigilantes took to their heels.

According to the report monitored from Vanguard, a cousin of the abducted couple identified as Usman Masanawa revealed that the husband, Yusuf Bishir, notified him of their predicament but there was nothing much he could do.

Masanawa disclosed that the hoodlums in the bid to gain access into the new couple’s apartment, had to smash the wall of their building. He added that aside from the wounded vigilante members, scores of residents were also kidnapped while those injured in the attack are receiving treatment at the teaching hospital.

Meanwhile, it was Black Friday as Ajokuta in Kogi State was under siege of heavily armed terrorists whose mission was to kill and kidnap.

According to the report, the Kogi attack was more gruesome than the Katsina incident as six persons, including two expatriates and two police inspectors, were killed by the gunmen

The suspected terrorists who came in the guise of gunmen also killed the two drivers of the expatriates of West Africa Ceramics Company Ajaokuta, Kogi.

Kogi State Police Command, Public Relations Officer SP William Ovye-Aya, disclosed this in a in a press statement  in Lokoja.

SP Ovye-Aya explained that the six victims, two expatriates, two company drivers and two police inspectors died in the exchange of fire with the hoodlums along Lokoja-Ajaokuta road around 8 p.m on the faithful Friday.

According to him, the expatriates were being escorted by police to the Ceramic company that evening, when the gunmen attacked them. He said that the Area Commander and a detachment of Military in the area reinforced to the scene before the attackers fled.

The PPRO added that the Commissioner of Police, of kogi,  CP Edward Egbuka, had visited the scene for an on-the-spot assessment.

After the CPs on the spot assessment, 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.

Ikpa Ekpe, a security consultant, told National Detective Magazine (NDM) that for the gunmen to have the guts to kill and abduct people in Katsina metropolis, shows that they can dare FCT, since they have been signaling this intention by having open confrontations with security Agencies in satellite towns around Abuja.

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