Killing of A 50-Year Old Woman, Community Demands Justice In Kogi

From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja

A 50-year-old woman, Mrs Mary Jekeli Edibo was reportedly killed by unknown persons while returning from Agabifo village in Omala Local government area of Kogi State.

The woman according to sources who hail from Agbenema-Ife, a surbub of Abejukolo, the headquarters of Omala local government council was said to have been matcheted to death by her assailants while returning home from a neighboring Agabifo village.

Authority gatherd that the deceased, a petty trader, who was said to have returned from a local market earlier in the day, went to see her customers in the neighbouring village and was returning when she met her death.

The incident was coming barely four days after a middle-aged man was similarly murdered in a nearby community. The victim, Malam Amodu Oma Ucha of Ajodoma village, was also macheted on his way to the farm.

Confirming the incident to newsmen on Wednesday, the state police command public relations officer, DSP William Ayah, said on the 10th of April the deceased brother, one Mr Abdul of Agbenema community reported the matter the following day of the incident at Abejukolo , the Divisional headquarters of Omala LGA

He said when the police team went to the scene of the incident, they discovered that she sustained deep cuts on her head and part of the face.

“Our men took the photograph of the scene and were to take the remains for a post mortem examination but the family declined,” he explained.

He, however, said the police has commenced investigation into the matter and has mounted intensive surveillance around the communities and called on the people not to panic as his men are on top of the situation.

Meanwhile, the people of Omala Local Government Area of kogi state have called on the governor Alhaji. Yahaya Bello and the Security Agencies to unravel those behind the incessant killings of the people across Omala by unknown gunmen.

They noted that in recent times some villages in Omala have become epicentre for senseless killings by alleged gunmen believed to be herdsmen which had resulted to death of scores of the people and burning down of some villages in the Local Government Area.

The people enjoined Governor Yahaya Bello to stand by his earlier promise on protecting lives and property of the people across the state by deploying crack detectives to the area to permanently uncover and bring them to book those behind the dastardly acts.

The Senior Special Assistant on Security in Omala Local Government Area, Hon. Ibrahim Aboh has vowed to do everything within his powers to bring the perpetrators to book.

He warned the miscreants to leave the Omala Soil or they should be ready to meet their waterloo, while appealing to the people to remain calm assuring them that the law enforcement officers are working round the clock to safeguard their lives and properties.

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