The Kogi State Government has said that it is working hard with security agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the safe return of Mr Pius Kolawole, the abducted chairman of Yagba West Local Governments Area of the state.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja.
“We wish to report, with every sense of sobriety, the unfortunate attack by some gunmen on a Commissioner in the Kogi Pension Commission, the late Solomon Adebayo and also the Chairman of Yagba West LGA, Pius Kolawole, on their way back to the state from Kwara.
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“We can confirm authoritatively that the unfortunate incident happened shortly after Eruku, Ekiti Local Government, Kwara. Adebayo died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained from the sad incident.
“The whereabouts of the Chairman of Yagba West LGA is still unknown but security agencies in both Kwara and Kogi, as well as local security services are working hard to ensure the safe return of the chairman”, Fanwo said.
The Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeroa (MACBAN) in the state, Alhaji Wakili Damina, has been abducted.
The state Secretary of MACBAN Adamu Abubakar, told newsmen in Lokoja yesterday that Damina was abducted on April 30 by some armed men dressed in army camouflage.
Abubakar said that he was informed of the incident about an hour later by the younger brother of Damina who claimed he witnessed the abduction.
State Commissioner of police Ede Ayuba said the police were yet to locate the whereabouts of the chairman.