The commander of the Kogi local government area vigilance group, Mallam Alhassan Alhassan, was killed by gunmen suspected of being kidnappers in a shootout in Ottoyi, a border community between the states of Niger and Kogi.
A source close to the vigilantes revealed that the shooting lasted about 30 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, adding that several of the bandits were also killed while others came out with injuries.
According to the source, Alhassan had managed to get his boys to destroy two of the kidnapper’s camps and kill some of them.
Army uniforms, magazines, weapons, toiletries and food ingredients were reportedly recovered from the camps, while two kidnapped people were rescued.
The commander was reportedly injured in the head and was rushed to a nearby village for first aid, but abandoned en route to the Ahoko village clinic in the Kogi local government area in the state. by Kogi.
Meanwhile, community leaders in Koton-Karfe have expressed their condolences over the death of the commander, who they say died while defending the area.
While praising the vigilantes for their bravery and patriotism, community leaders urged state governor Yahaya Bello to reward them and the family of the late commander.
State Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources Bashir Gegu in a statement expressed compassion for the immediate family of the late Alhassan, describing him as a martyr and prayed to God to grant him eternal rest.
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