Violent armed robbers struck again on Saturday along the Okene-Lokoja Highway in Kogi State, killing two brothers and injuring a police officer during a roadblocking mission.
The incident, which occurred around 6:00 pm between Itakpe and the Kabba intersection at the end of the Okene – Lokoja – Abuja highway, forced commuters and travelers to run for safety while leaving their vehicles in the middle of the road.
It was learned that the victims, who were siblings and originally came from the central state of Kogi, were traveling on vacation to Lagos and were on their way to their vacation resort in Katsina state when the incident occurred.
Tropics Nigeria also learned that the robbers, who were fully armed, shot an unidentified police officer in the leg at a nearby checkpoint.
A woman who was involved in this terrible incident but asked not to be mentioned on Sunday told Tropics Nigeria about her experiences.
“We got into our vehicle from Lagos at about 7am, but experienced a sharp drop in speed, and it was only after Ibadan that we were fully released.
“We arrived in Osara after 6 pm. Our driver followed the attacked vehicle closely. Somewhere the driver had to stop because of a passenger in a hurry to urinate, whereupon we saw that the engines were telling us to stop; that a robbery was taking place in front of us.
“Some people started walking around, but the locals do not allow us to take refuge in their houses. They said that if they did, the thieves would rescue us one by one.
“After a while, other vehicles continued their journey, but ours would not start. The driver made contacts, and a car mechanic came from the crossroads in Kabba to help us.
“When we arrived at the point of attack, we heard that two brothers had been shot while a policeman had been shot in the leg from the nearby checkpoint. We learned that their remains were then evacuated and taken to the Lokoja Special Hospital.
When he was contacted, William Aya, Public Relations Officer of Kogi State Police (PPRO) said the command had not yet received a report on the incident but assured Tropics Nigeria that it would provide details as soon as it received a report from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the area.