Acting Okene Council boss escapes assassination in Kogi


Tragedy almost struck Kogi State again as the acting Chairperson of Okene Local Government Area, Hon. Bilkisu Aliyu escaped an assassination attempt on Thursday evening.

It was gathered that the council boss was on her way back from Lokoja when her vehicle was attacked by yet-to-be-identified gunmen around Osara, along the Okene-Lokoja road

This is coming few weeks after unknown gunmen invaded a Police Station in Adavi Local Government and killed three police officers on duty.

An aide to the council boss, who did not want her name mentioned said that it took the efforts of policemen attached to her to repel the assailants.

According to the source, “Aliyu had gone to Lokoja to attend a top-government security meeting and was returning to her base in Okene when she was attacked by unknown gunmen who were armed with sophisticated weapons.”

Efforts to speak with the Council boss proved abortive as of the time of filing this report.

It was gathered that Aliyu took over from Hon. Abdulrazaq Muhammed, who was suspended on November 30, 2021, by the Kogi State House of Assembly, over the allegations of intimidation, unlawful arrest, torture and harassment of innocent people in Okene Local Government.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Aya said he was yet to get any information about the incident, but promised to give feedback when he gets the details from Okene Police Division.

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