At least 19 persons have been killed and a number of buildings burnt after unidentified gunmen stormed Tawari community in the Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State on Thursday.
It was learnt that the palace of the king of the community was one of the buildings which were burnt by the gunmen.
Tawari community is a few kilometres off Gegu town along the Lokoja-Abuja highway.
Comfort Solomon, a resident of Tawari community, who survived the attack, stated that the gunmen, numbering about 100, invaded the community.
“The gunmen were up to 100 in number. They came into the community with motorcycles around 11:15 p.m. when villagers were sleeping.
“They entered selected houses, packed foodstuff and motorcycles and burnt selected houses, including homes of clerics.
“They killed more than 15 men. The attackers were communicating with each other in Hausa language,” he was quoted as saying in tears.
Rita Nuhu also said her father’s house was burnt down during the attack.
“My mother and her sister were ordered out of the house after which the house was set ablaze, while about 15 men were killed.
“We are calling on security agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice. We appeal to the federal and state governments to come to our aid.” she said.
Idris Yusuf, the traditional chief of Tawari, said it was the first time the community was experiencing such an attack, and that “our community has been very peaceful”.
Williams Anya, the Public Relations Officer of the Kogi State Police Command, confirmed the incident on Friday.
Anya said a police assessment team had visited the community, adding that many buildings, including places of worship, had been burnt, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He also said Ede Ayuba Ekpeji, the Kogi Commissioner of Polic, had deployed Special Police Force and Police Tactical Squad, led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, to immediately unravel those behind the heinous act with a view to bringing them to book.