12 Dead As Cultists Take Over Kogi Town

12 Dead As Cultists Take Over Kogi Town


It was a bad weekend for residents
and passersby of the ancient city of Idah, headquarters of Idah Local Government Area of kogi State, as no fewer than 20 persons, including a pregnant woman, were mowed down by rampaging cultists on a revenge mission over the  death of one of their members at the hands of a  rival cult group.

Eyewitnesses said the fighting started on Friday night when one Danjuma Amodu, aka Murphy, was gunned down while relaxing in front of his family home at GRA Idah.

In what seemed like a reprisal, some gunmen, numbering over 12 shot  sporadically and indiscriminately while driving through major streets of the city  as many innocent persons were killed while many others sustained various degrees of injuries.

The gunmen blocked the road between the popular Ibro Junction and Bishop Road Junction between the hours of 8am and 10am on Saturday from where they proceeded to a drinking joint at Igalaogba in search of possible targets.
According to sources, the owner of the beer spot, one  Haruna Achema, and his wife were reportedly shot while three customers who  came in few minutes before their arrival were shot dead on the spot.

At Idah waterside 12 persons were reportedly killed, including a heavily  pregnant woman who was selling fish at the spot, the source added.

The sources said before the police and military could be drafted to  quell the attack, which lasted for more than three hours, about 20 persons were sent to their untimely graves.


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