The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr Mohammed Katsina, said on Friday that more than 1,000 AK 47 rifles were among the dangerous weapons believed to be in circulation in Okene and its environs.
He said this in Lokoja while parading some suspects, including a man in whose possession two AK 47 rifles, belonging to two soldiers killed in Okene on Aug. 7, were found.
Katsina said that politicians and clan heads were responsible for the massive illegal circulation of rifles in Okene and the entire Central Senatorial District.
“There is no Boko Haram in Okene,” Katsina said, adding that the killing of 17 worshippers at the Deeper Life Bible Church at Eikha-Adagu, Okene, on Aug. 6 and two soldiers near the secretariat of Okene Local Government Council on Aug. 7, were “pure cases of armed robbery and political attack”.
He also said that all those arrested in connection with the two incidents and other crimes in the area were all Ebira-speaking indigenes from Okene and other surrounding towns.
Katsina further said that some elements in Ebiraland had mastered the art of making improvised explosive devices which they sold to armed robbers and criminal elements in other states.
He announced the arrest of the leader of the gang that attacked the soldiers, his wife and landlady.
He said that the gang leader, whose real name is Sadiq alias Yekini Sani and his wife, Hajara, were helping the police in their investigation.
“Now, the police are working to identify the motive for the attack and we can assure the people that it is a phase that will pass once we are able to convict some of those people that think they are untouchable,” Katsina said.