Four people were killed on Tuesday as fresh violence erupted in Kogi state following Monday night’s attack on a Deeper Life Bible Church in Otite, Okene that claimed the lives of at least 19 people.
This time the attack was focused on a Central Mosque in the city prompting the state’s Governor Idris Wada to impose a dusk to dawn curfew in Okene town.
Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has further ordered a 24 hour surveillance in worship centers across the Okene and in other parts of Kogi state.
According to reports, none of the four victims killed were worshippers from the Mosque; among them were two soldiers and two of the assailants, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect, all killed during the gunfight that ensued.
The Punch reported that the attackers had dressed in white robes and stormed the Central Mosque in an SUV. The attack happened before the Tasfir prayer was about to commence.
One eyewitness said a soldier stationed at the entrance of the Mosque gunned down two of the attackers, but the soldier and a colleague were also killed in the exchange of gunfire.
“We have commenced investigation into the attack and we want to plead with Nigerians to furnish security agencies with information that can assist us in our investigations,” Police force spokesman, Frank Mba said.
Both Mba and the IGP have called for calm, assuring residents that a joint team of police officers and military personnel are working to restore law and order to Kogi state.