Two policemen have been reportedly killed by hoodlums along Agbaja road in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.
The patrol team were said to have been attacked shortly after arriving at the area for their routine petrol in the early hours of Wednesday.
In the melee that followed, two policemen were reported to have been killed, while the hoodlums were said to have fled into the bush with gun wounds.
The Kogi State Police Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Aya, said in a statement on Wednesday confirmed the killings.
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He said the hoodlums emerged from the bush and attacked the patrol team.
Aya said, “The command lost two of its personnel during the gun duel with the hoodlums as they fled before the re-enforcement team arrived.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Akeem A. Yusuf, psc (+), fdc, immediately deployed a team of tactical operatives to the area while trailing the hoodlums to apprehend and bring them to book.”
The PPRO added that the command had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Investigation to commence investigation into the ugly incident with a view to uncovering the culprits and bringing them to justice.
Meanwhile, the CP has “called on the people of the area to assist the Police with credible information on the identity of the hoodlums to enable the Command to curtail their act of criminality”.