Alleged Boko Haram Attack In Ajaokuta, Kogi State - Four Killed, Police Station And Bank Burnt!

Men suspected to be members of the Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram struck early this morning in Ajaokuta, Kogi State, North Central Nigeria, killing four persons. A police station and a first generation bank were burnt by the group.

Though a source claimed that it was a robbery attack, the incident had the trade mark of Boko Haram terrorist organisation.

It was gathered from an eyewitness that a pastor who heard the booming of guns at about 6.45 a.m. ran out of his house through the back door. He successfully escaped with his wife and members of his family thinking it was an armed robbery attack.

However, a few minutes later, residents of Abuja Estate and those around Church Layout where most of the churches in Ajaokuta are located, realised it was a Boko Haram attack.

Victims of the attack have been identified as Dr. Ahmed, a medical personnel at Ajaokuta Steel Company Medical Centre and Mr. Balogun, a driver of the truck conveying fire service men to the scene of the attack.

It was learnt that as fire fighters approached the razed police station to put out the fire, their driver, Balogun, was shot dead by the attackers. Two other fire fighters were reportedly killed and their efforts to put out the fire frustrated.

Some other persons were said to have also been attacked.

The attack has paralysed economic activities in Ajaokuta.

Offices, banks and shops were not opened this morning while school children who reported in their various schools were turned back.

A resident of Ajaokuta who attempted to report the attack to the Police Area Commander in the town told newsmen on phone this morning that the police boss’ phone could not be reached just as the lines of other police officers went dead.

As at press time, there was no official response from the police or government officials on the attack.

The Boko Haram sect has not spoken officially or claimed responsibility.