The Police in Kogi State has said media reports that 10 persons were killed by suspected herdsmen in Omala LGA of the state was untrue.
In a statement issued on Monday in Lokoja signed by the Command’s PRO, Williams Aya, the Kogi Police said only one person was killed in the incident at Omala and not 10 as reported in some of the publications.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Kofi State Police Command has been drawn to the unfounded publication of 10th December, 2017 in some media, that Herdsmen killed ten (10) persons in Kofi invasion.
“This report is not only false but unarguably from the figment of the writer’s imagination calculated to manipulate the mindset of Nigerians that Kogi State is experiencing crisis.
“This report is false in its entirety, aimed at disrupting the existing peace the State is enjoying.
“The Command received information on 8th December, 2017 from Mr. Abu Awodi of Agabifo Village in Omala Local Government of Kogi State, that unknown gun men attacked and killed one Mr. Abuka Awodi aged 45 years in the bush.
“The DPO led a team of personnel consist of the Police and Army to the scene and confirmed the incident.
“Meanwhile, Security operatives are on the look of the assailant.
“The Kogi State Police Command concern is to ensure maintenance of law and order and crime free State.
“The Command hereby demands that the publication be retracted so as not to mislead the general public that there is crisis in Kogi State.
“The Commissioner of Police also enjoin on Kogites to move freely and conduct their legitimate businesses in the State.
“The Police is assuring the general public that Christmas and the coming New year will be celebrated peacefully.”
ASP William Ovye Aya,
PPRO, Kogi State Command.