Local hunters, men of the Kogi State Vigilante Services along with other security operatives on Sunday foiled an attack on the Okene Area Command of the Nigerian Police Force.
The gunmen, numbering over 30, stormed the Area Command but were effectively repelled, while explosives meant to destroy the command were immediately detonated by experts in the state.
A statement by Kogi state government signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo said that one of attackers was gunned down while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot injuries.
The state Police Command spokesman, William Aya, confirmed the attack.
Aya, in a statement issued on Monday, in Lokoja, said that the gunmen launched the attack around 10 pm on Sunday, February 6.
He said that the yet to be identified gunmen attacked the police formation with sporadic gunshots and explosives chanting ‘Allahu Akhbar’.
He however added that personnel on duty repelled the attackers and gunned one of them dead.
“This forced the attackers to flee before the arrival of back up teams from the neighbouring divisions,” the statement added.
Aya said that the state Commissioner of Police (CP) has ordered the immediate deployment of re-enforcement consisting of Counter Terrorism Units, Police Mobile Force, Intelligence team as well as Quick Response Unit along with the military and other security forces, to Okene and environs.
Aya said that the team has been mandated to track and arrest the gunmen so that they can be made to face justice.