From Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja
Bandits invaded Agbedo-Apaya community in Igalamela-Odolu Local area of Kogi State, killing one person and abducting others
The hoodlums in large numbers stormed the market on Sunday at 2 pm and started shooting sporadically to scare the people in the market, reports say.
This was said to have caused pandemonium in the market while one Johnson was hit by the bullets and died in the process.
One other person was said to have been abducted and whisked to an unknown place.
Our correspondent learnt that the family members of the abducted have been contacted with a demand for N20 million in ransom for the release of the abducted person.
It was reliably gathered that the incident was the third time in a row when suspected gunmen would attack the market and abducted people and later demanded ransom.
Investigations further revealed that the suspected hoodlums are taking advantage of the thick forest between Apayan in the local government area in the state and the boundary of Enugu and Anambra States to perpetrate their evil acts.
Sources further revealed that the people of the Agbedo community in the Apayain district of the Igalamela/Odolu Local government area of the state have continued to appeal to the state government and security agencies in the state to come to their aid from the incessant attacks on the defenceless people on market days in the area.
When contacted for confirmation, police spokesman Willy Aya stated that it was a case of invasion of one Johnson’s shop after being killed while one Edwin was abducted along many others on the market day.
He however said that the state police command under the Commissioner, Edward Egbuka has mobilised officers to fish out the hoodlums and rescue the kidnapped person without hurt.