By Sadiq Umar – Three suspected members of Boko Haram terrorist were killed Friday night when it launched an attack on the Kogi State headquarters of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) in Lokoja, the capital.
The suspected terrorists blocked the road leading to a Police station in the area which is in the same location with the SSS office, with a vehicle laden with explosive.
Sources told News Investigators that the terrorist detonated the explosive when a Police patrol team got to the spot and demanded to know why anybody would block the road to the station.
“An officer that got down from the patrol vehicle to confirm what was going on died when the parked vehicle exploded”, the sources confirmed.
Three of the terrorists were killed in the gun exchange that followed, it was further learnt.
Kogi state is identified as the haven of terrorists in the north-central and notorious for bomb making for insurgents.
The Commissioner of Police in Kogi state, Emmanuel Ojukwu confirmed the death of the policeman.
“I cannot confirm whether they are Boko Haram members or not. All I know is that they are criminal elements and the law will take its course,” Mr. Ojukwu said.
He said investigations would be carried out to know the circumstances that led to that attack, and their motive and others.
It is not the first time the Boko Haram terrorists would launch attack in Kogi state. There had been attacks in the past including 2012 bombing of the Deeper Life Church, in Okene in which 19 worshipers were killed..
In November 2014, Boko Haram terrorists also attacked a prison there and freed 147 inmates. The terrorists were also accused of being responsible for the bombing of a radio station in the state early this year.