Police repel attack in Kogi, tighten security around orphanages

Posted by News Express | 22 September 2014 | 3,489 times

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The police in Kogi State has repelled a ferocious attack on a police station, foiling an apparent attempt by hoodlums to cart away weapons.

Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, said about the incident: “At about 2100hrs of Sunday 21st September, 2014, unknown gunmen unleashed heavy attack on Adogo Police Station, in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State, from different directions of Okene, Ajaokuta, and one other route, apparently desirous of carting away Police arms. The policemen on duty swiftly took positions and returned fire. The heavy dynamite launched by the attackers demolished and set fire on part of the Station.

“The desire of the hoodlums to cart away arms, was aborted, as the Police successfully evacuated the arms from the Station to safety. As at the time of this report, no human casualty was recorded on the part of Police, while some of hoodlums escaped with bullet wounds. However, the area has been reinforced while frantic efforts are ongoing to track-down the fleeing hoodlums. “The State Police Command is appealing to members of the public, to report anybody seen with bullet wound, of any sort, to the nearby Police Station or other Security agencies, please.”

In another development, Acting Inspector-General of Police Suleiman Abba has ordered the tightening of security around orphanage centres around the country as a way to check child trafficking.

Ojukwu said in a statement that Abba has directed all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of Zonal Commands, State Command Commissioners of Police and other Police field Commanders to put measures in place so as to put an immediate end to the illegal sale of babies in the country.

“While reiterating that all the Motherless Babies Homes and Centres in their respective domains should be properly monitored so as to nip in the bud the trafficking of babies within and outside the country, the IGP directed that all Police personnel should be thoroughly lectured on this subject,” Ojukwu said, adding:

“The IGP therefore called on the members of the public to furnish the Police with the necessary information that will help in addressing this heinous crime.”

•Photo shows Acting IGP Suleiman Abba.


Source: News Express

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