Police Deny Reported Kidnap Of 15 Passengers On Anyigba-Itobe Highway

A police officer wields a gun at a polling unit on November 6, 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
A police officer wields a gun at a polling unit on November 6, 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television


The Kogi State Police Command has debunked the news that 15 passengers were kidnapped on Anyigba-Itobe Highway Estate.

The police in a statement titled ‘Over 15 Passengers Missing As Kidnappers Stormed Anyigba-Itobe High Way’ said the news is totally false, malicious, and highly mischievous.

According to the statement, one Toyota bus conveying 16 passengers from Abuja heading to Benue State ran into kidnappers at Ojuwo-Ajebgo village along Anyigba road but the Commissioner of Police Edward Egbuka got the information and immediately moved to the scene and the passengers were rescued.

“On Wednesday 6/4/2022, the Command received a report that one Toyota bus with Registration Number Benue 192 XA driven by one Benard Ejeh conveying 16 passengers from Abuja heading to Benue State via ANKPA ran into kidnappers at Ojuwo-Ajebgo village of Ofu Local Government Area along Anyigba road.

“Immediately the operatives of Quick Response Unit stationed at Itobe promptly swung into action pursued the hoodlums into the bush and rescued 12 passengers including the driver while 4 other passengers are yet to be seen.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Egbuka who was on a visiting tour at Kogi East Senatorial Zone got the information while he was on his way to Ejule, immediately moved to the scene met with the rescued passengers, and ordered that they should be moved to Itobe Division for debriefing,” the statement signed by the police spokesperson in the state, William Aya read in part.

The statement added that the Commissioner of Police immediately deployed a tactical team to the area to continue trailing the hoodlums with a view to rescuing other victims.

The police, therefore, urged members of the public and social media handlers to always verify facts of incidents from the Police before publishing stories to guard against misinforming the general public.

Three Gunmen, One Policeman Killed In DSS Kogi Office Attack

DSSThree suspected insurgents and a Policeman have died after an attack on the Department of State Services, DSS, in Lokoja the Kogi State capital.

Explosions and gunfire were reported to have rocked the headquarters of the Department of State Services on Friday night.

Soldiers from the Maigomeri Barracks were drafted to support the DSS security operatives in an effort to repel the attack.

The attackers were said to have stopped a Dangote truck, fired at the driver and used the truck to barricade the road.

One of the IEDs which was yet to be detonated was diffused by the Anti Bomb Squad of the Police.

As of this report the DSS are yet to make an official statement about the attack, but unconfirmed reports have it that the DSS may have lost some of its men during the gunfire exchange with the insurgents.

Earlier in the week, the Kogi Police Command paraded over 70 hoodlums, more than half of whom were said to have been arrested at a place known as the Boko Haram village in the Obajana area of Kogi State.

The attack on the DSS facility is said to have begun around 10:30 p.m. On Friday and lasted till midnight.

Kogi Police Repel Attacks On Adogo Police Station

Kogi PoliceAt about 9PM on Sunday September 22, 2014, unknown gunmen unleashed a heavy attack on Adogo Police Station, in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, the attack from different directions of Okene, Ajaokuta, and one other route, was apparently targeted at 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,” the statement read.

The statement further stated that no human casualty was recorded on the part of the Kogi Police personnel while some of the hoodlums escaped with bullet wounds.

However, the area has been reinforced while frantic efforts are ongoing to track-down the fleeing hoodlums.

The Kogi Police Command has appealed to members of the public, to report anybody seen with bullet wound of any sort to the nearby Police Station or other security agencies.

Police Arrest Man For Assaulting His Son With Hot Iron

The Kogi State Police command has arrested a 49 year old school principal, Mr. Christopher Ogbeun, for inflicting a high degree of burns on his 10 year old son, Stephen Ogbeun.

The young boy was allegedly abused by his father for destroying some of his vital office documents which were kept at home.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Katsina, who disclosed this while parading the father at the Kogi state Police headquarters in Lokoja stated that it took the intervention of an ambush squad to save Stephen’s life.

He revealed that his squad caught the suspect red handed as he tied up the boy’s hand and closed his mouth before using the hot pressing iron on him.

According to an eye-witness, it was a pathetic situation at the state specialist hospital Lokoja where the boy is laying critically ill.

Victoria Ogbeun, the victim’s sister who was at home when the incident occurred confirmed that her father had indeed used a hot iron on young Stephen.

Mr. Ogbeun, the assailant, stated that his vicious act was an effort to make his son confess to a misdeed.

He claimed to have discovered that his son had destroyed a letter of approval from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and so in an attempt to make him own up, he employed the use of the hot pressing iron.

Mr Ogebeun will be charged for unlawful detention, inflicting injuries on the boy and attempted murder.