Three 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.
At 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.
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.