The Kogi police command says the burning of Salome Abuh, a woman leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Wada Aro, Ochadamu Ward in Ofu local government area of the state, by suspected thugs was a reprisal attack.
A statement by William Aya, its public relations officer, said there was a misunderstanding between one Awolu Zekeri, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one Gowon Simeon, a member of the PDP, both of Ochadamu ward.
He said angry youths then mobilised themselves to Simeon’s home for a reprisal attack, where Abuh was killed.
“Gowon Simeon stabbed Zekeri with a knife and he died on his way to the hospital. As a result, angry youths in the area mobilised to the house of one Simeon Abuh of the same address, who is an uncle to the suspect, set it ablaze, (and) thereby burnt one Salome Abuh, aged 60 years,” the statement said.
“Three other houses were equally burnt.
“The corpse has been moved to the University Teaching Hospital Mortuary Anyigba for autopsy.”
He added that security operatives have been deployed in the area to prevent the break down of peace while the investigation is ongoing.