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Gunmen kill two naval men at Kogi checkpoint

Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja

Gunmen, on Wednesday, attacked a military checkpoint in the Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State and killed two personnel of the Nigerian Navy.

It was gathered that the naval men were attacked around 7pm while resuming for duty at the checkpoint in Okene.

The gunmen, numbering about seven, got to the checkpoint and were said to have opened fire on the naval personnel on duty.

The source said when they were done, they escaped from the checkpoint and sped off to avoid been apprehended.

The Chairman of the local government council, Abdulmumin Muhammad, confirmed the incident in a statement.

The statement, which was issued by the office of the Special Adviser to the Chairman, said the naval personnel were five in number and were just resuming for duty when they were attacked.

“Two officers have been confirmed dead and two were injured and currently receiving treatment in hospital. One officer escaped unhurt,” the statement said.

When contacted, the Public Relation Officer of the Navy, Aidi Simi, said, “My command will get to you shortly; we are trying to take charge of the situation.”

He had yet to get back to our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

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