Suspected herdsmen set school ablaze in Kogi.
As gunmen killed timber contractor at girlfriend’s house By Boluwaji Obahopo Suspected herdsmen, on Wednesday afternoon, invaded Government Secondary School, Iluke, Kabba Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi state and burnt down the school. Also, a timber contractor based in Ayangba in Kogi State, Mr. Ogwu Salihu, has been reported killed by some unknown gunmen. Vanguard gathered that the school was invaded at about 3 p.m. when students have closed from school. A source said it was discovered that a block of classrooms was set ablaze by some suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The flame of the burning schools was said to have attracted the attention of the youths who mobilised to the scene. All efforts to put out the flame was not successful as some of the classrooms were already razed. The source said one of the herdsmen were arrested and handed over to the Kabba/Bunu Divisional Police Officer. However, Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Edeh, when contacted said no suspect had been handed over to the State Headquarters of the Commander. He said he will await a report from the divisional headquarters before he can make substantive remarks about the story. In a related development, a Timber Contractor based in Ayangba, Kogi State, Mr. Ogwu Salihu has been killed by unidentified gunmen. The incident happened early hours of Wednesday at the deceased girlfriend’s house where he went to pass a night. The girlfriend whose name was given as Safiya had four children for her former husband before they separated. The relationship between Safiya and the deceased was said to have been a subject of controversy as the late Timber Contractor was alleged to be the person behind Safiya divorcing her husband. Chairman, Dekina Local Government Council, Isiak Shaibu who attended the funeral along with the Divisional Police Officer, DPO condemned the act and vowed to bring those behind the dastardly act to book. Ogwu has become the third person to be killed by gunmen in Ayangba Community within four months. The first victim of the assassinations in the area was former Chairman of Dekina Local Government Council, Mr. Adejo Akowe who was murdered at broad daylight at a Restaurant near the university at Ayangba. Followed by a Police officer, an indigene of the community that came home for holiday during Christmas that was also murdered. Residents of the University Community are now living in fear as insecurity continues.
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