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Gunmen kill Kogi commissioner, abduct others


The Pension Board Commissioner of Kogi State, Adebayo Solomon, has been killed on Saturday by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

Police authorities confirmed the commissioner was killed on Sunday while those he was with – the Chairman of Yagba East Local Government; Pius Kolawole; and some others – were abducted.

Solomon, popularly called Akeweje, was killed.

The deceased was said to be travelling from Ilorin to Kabba when his car was shot by some gunmen at Eruku village, a few kilometres to Egbe, which is the border town between Kwara and Kogi.

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The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP William Aya, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, narrated that  Kolawole was with Akeweje in the same car when they were attacked by gunmen at Eruku.

Aya stated that Akeweje was hit by gunmen’s bullet and died in the process.

He added that his remains had been deposited at ECWA Hospital, Egbe while the whereabiut of Kolawole is still unlnown.

“The Commissioner Police of Police in the state, Mr Ede Ayuba, has deployed personnel to the area to search for and rescue the chairman from his abductors. The command is not resting on its oars to secure his release,” Aya promised.

In a similar incident, the Senator representing Edo Central in the National Assembly, Clifford Ordia, was twice attacked on Okene-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads by bandits in Kogi State on his way to Abuja.

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