All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader in Kogi State, Ismaila Agba, has been killed by rival political group of APC in a gun battle.
The ugly incident took place in Anyigba, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, on Sunday morning. The clash was between two political rival groups.
Apart from the killing of the youth leader, many also sustained gunshot wounds, which are not certain if they will survive it or not.
It was gathered that when the shooting began, residents scampered for safety in a bid to avoid being hit, just as all activities in the area were affected by the actions of these hoodlums.
Residents stated that the shooting may be connected to the coming of governorship election, slated for November 2, 2019.
A source disclosed that one of the groups stormed the base of the rival groups, an act the rival group considered an affront, and which was what led to the shootout at Anyigba. One of the residents of Anyiba who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity, said the police arrived late and could not do anything to stop the clash. They also looked terrified as we the residents.
“We were indoors for hours to avoid stray bullets. The Police moved in when they heard about the incident but the gunshots continue to boom unabated,” a resident said.
Confirming the incident, Williams Aya, the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said only one person died and some members of the rival group were hit by bullets.
Aya, however, refuted claims that the attack was politically motivated, adding that the Police are investigating the matter.
“Our officers were drafted to the scene after the brother of the deceased reported the matter. It was not a political attack, but a case of culpable homicide, perpetrated by unidentified gunmen. The command is already on their trail,” Aya said.
He stated that normalcy had returned to the area, with residents going about their normal activities.