Kogi Traditional Ruler Kidnapped, Son Killed by Unknown Gunmen
Tragedy has struck in Kogi as the traditional ruler of Jakura town in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State, Chief Usman Ajibola, has been kidnapped, while his son, Rufai Ajibola, has been killed by unknown gunmen.
Confirming the incident on Tuesday, the Spokesperson of the Kogi State police command, Mr William Ayah, said the monarch and his son were returning from Oworo town in kogi state when the kidnappers attacked them within Imo and Igbonla communities about 15 kilometers to Jakura town.
The Abductors, who were about five in number, forcefully took away the chief alongside his driver; his son was killed as he struggled to rescue his father.
Kogi state has been under attack in it communities for a while now with some villagers blaming herdsmen for the attacks while others simply blame the usual unknown gunmen.
The practice has been to attack remote villages, destroy farms and kidnap people for money. The lokoja-Abuja road has also come under attack from these bandits who seem to roam around unchallenged.
The police meanwhile says the case is now being investigated as the corpse of the late Rufai has been deposited in a mortuary in Lokoja.
The Kogi State Governor, Yahya Bello has not released any official statements concerning the previous attacks on the state or this one. Critics have pointed accusing fingers at the Governor for not doing enough to protect the state from invading herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers.
They accuse the governor who owes workers salaries in the state as always going to Abuja to visit Aso Rock stating that he is ever hardly at home.
The Governor was in Ekiti State recently to campaign for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Kayode Fayemi where he threatened fire and brimstone on the incumbent.