JTF Discovers Illegal Refinery In Kogi Forest

An illegal refinery has been discovered in Kogi state along Okene and Auchi road by the members of Joint Security Task Force combining the military and the  National Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC).

The acting commandant of the NSCDC who disclosed this said seven persons have been arrested in connection with the illegal refinery .

The illegal refinery site which has been in operation for the past two years was found in a forest located just about 6km to a village called Ema.

While speaking to journalists at the site the Acting Commander of the NSCDC in Kogi state noted that it is one of the first illegal refineries discovered in the area which will be destroyed.

He also confirmed that seven suspects in connection to the illegal act have been arrested and investigation will commence immediately.

The task force commander, Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi while speaking at the site of the crime said it was a joint operation, noting that the force is still trailing others involved in the illegal refinery business..

However, one of the suspects who spoke gave a different story line, stating that he knows nothing about the business that he was initiated to it by someone who borrowed money from him.

 

 

Gunmen kill two soldiers in Okene

Just as the community is still reeling off the tragedy that struck on Monday, two soldiers were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Okene, Kogi state, on Tuesday.

This is coming after a day after no fewer than 16 worshippers at a Deeper Life Bible Church were killed by attackers in the same town.

Confirming the incident to our Kogi state correspondent, the Commandant Army headquarters battalion in Lokoja, the state capital, Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi said his men received a distress call from Okene local government area office.

On getting there, the gunmen came out from a nearby bush and opened fire on the soldiers killing the two soldiers.

He added that one of the gunmen was also gunned down by the soldiers but the attackers succeeded in escaping with the body.

The incident happened just after the state governor; Mr. Idris Wada left Okene after his visit to commiserate with the victims of the Deeper Life church attack.

Unexploded bomb discovered in another church in Kogi

A bomb has been discovered at the Revival Church in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state.

Our correspondent in the state says that gunshots could also be heard in the town.

This development comes a day after the attack on the Deeper Life Church in Okene in which 19 people were killed, including the Church’s Pastor.

The Church which is located at Eika Adagu in Okehi Local Government Area is now surrounded by officers of the Nigeria Police Force and soldiers as family members of the deceased are coming around in tears, to identify their bodies.

It is still unclear how many people were wounded in the attack Monday night as a number of the church members sustained various degrees of injuries.

According to the Military spokesman, Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi, the gunmen surrounded the church in the middle of a worship service and opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles on the worshippers.

Soldiers searched for gunmen through the night, but have made no arrests as of this morning.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesperson Yushau Shuaib said his agency has dispatched rescuers to the area.

Anglican Primate condemns attack

The Primate of the Anglican Church, Reverend Nicholas Okoh has condemned yesterday’s attack on a church in Okene, Kogi state which claimed the lives of sixteen people.

Reverend Okoh who spoke with journalists in Abuja said that securing places of worship should not be left in the hands of the church alone.

He called on government to expedite action to secure the lives of its citizenry.

Responding to the call for the resignation of the president by members of the Boko Haram sect, the Anglican Primate said that the sect members are not responsible for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s election and should therefore not call for his resignation.