By BOLUWAJI OBAHOPO
BARELY two weeks after the killing of worshippers at Deeper Life Bible Church, Otite, Kogi State, and two soldiers at Okene by gunmen, Okene, a major town in the state, was turned to a battle field, yesterday, as gunmen and Mobile Policemen engaged in a shootout. At the end, one of the gunmen lay dead.
An eye witness account said the incident occurred at Idare, Okene when the Mobile Policemen stormed the hideout of the gunmen where they recovered rocket launchers, guns and bombs.The shootout, which lasted three hours, put Okene in confusion.
Kogi State Police Commissioner, Mr. Muhammed Katsina, who confirmed the incident, described the gunmen as armed robbers, stressing that when his men stormed their hide out, they opened fire but his men were able to contain the situation.
Meanwhile, the Ohinoyi of Ebira land, Alhaji Dr. Ado Ibrahim, has called on his people to stay at home today to observe their Sallah prayer because of the security situation in the area.
The statement, which followed a spate of security challenges, was contained in a communique issued by the Ebira Area Traditional Council.
The communique further stressed the need for Muslims to pray for the repose of the souls of some people, including two soldiers, murdered in the area.