Hoodlums in Lokoja, the capital city of Kogi State, supposedly shot dead a journalist.
The victim, Emmanuel Adeyemi, who is identified as a staff member of the Sun Newspaper, was reportedly shot down while heading to the Nigerian Journalist Secretariat Union.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, confirmed the incident when contacted by reporters, claiming that Adeyemi was shot by hoodlums who scared people away in other places to be able to rob a warehouse found in the area.
It was confirmed that the hoodlums who shot sporadically in the air were carting away bags of fertilizer while all shops along the Murtala Mohammed way, Lokoja are closed, with people scampering to safety.
Aya maintained that the shots were not from the police when responding to the attacks, adding that the hoodlums were being trailed and would be brought to book shortly.
However, he reported that the victims were taken for treatment to the State Specialists’ Hospital, Lokoja.
For his part, while responding to the development, in a statement made available to newsmen a few moments ago, the State Information Commissioner, Kingsley Fanwo, said, “It is unfortunate that funded mercenaries sneaked into the city to cause havoc.” And it is unfortunate that a journalist who was carrying out his legal duties was fired.
“The government will ensure that all those involved in the violence are brought to the law.”