From Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja
Gunmen suspected to be bandits on Saturday evening killed three police officers and five local vigilante members in an ambush while on distress call in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Locals had reported at the divisional police headquarters that some people were using their farms for criminal activities, a development which prompted the DPO to immediately mobilise his men and some local vigilance members to the area
But unknown to them, the hoodlums had laid ambush for them and opened fire on sighting the security personnel killing three police officers and five vigilance members on the spot.
When contacted, the State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omadara (retd), confirmed that the three police officers and five members of local vigilantes were killed in an ambush on Saturday.
According to him, a Divisional Police Officer, acting on an intelligence report that hoodlums had invaded their farm and engaged in illegal activities, mobilised officers in collaboration with local vigilantes and headed for the area
“They were however ambushed and in the process eight of them were killed including three police officers and five members of the local vigilantes.”
Omadara, however, vowed that the state government will not rest until the culprits were brought to book.
Meanwhile, the remains of affected officers have been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.