….Kogi govt blames ‘sponsored mercenaries’ for shooting
Some unknown gunmen have shot the Sun Newspaper correspondent in Lokoja, Kogi State, Emmanuel Adeyemi.
Adeyemi was shot by the gunmen while he was on his way to the Nigerian Union of Journalists Secretariat in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
The gunmen, who were said to moving in a vehicle, also shot another passerby, whose identity could not be immediately ascertained.
The passerby was said to have just arrived from Benue and caught up in the middle of the mayhem.
The gunshots in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital followed the resumption of looting in another warehouse in Zone 8 area.
A similar incident was recorded overnight when the ADP warehouse was invaded and bags of fertilizer carted away.
As of the time of filing this report, heavy gunshots rent the air while all shops along Murtala Mohammed way, Lokoja are closed, with people scampering to safety.
State Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, said the gunshots were from hoodlums who were scaring people away to enable them to loot.
He said the shootings were not from the Police, adding that the hoodlums are being trailed and would be brought to book shortly.
Meanwhile, the victims have been taken to State Specialists Hospital, Lokoja for treatment.
The state Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement, reacting to the shooting said, “It is unfortunate that sponsored mercenaries were sneaked into the town to cause mayhem. And it is sad that they shot a journalist who was performing his legitimate duties.
“Government will ensure that all the people involved in the violence are brought to book”.