One confirmed killed in Kogi PDP gov primary shooting

At least one person has been confirmed killed in the shooting at the venue of Peoples Democratic Party primary election in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Wednesday.

A source at the venue gave the name of the victim as Abdulahi Loki Ibrahim.

He was said to have hailed from Koto-Nkarfe in Kogi Local Government Area of the State.

The party’s publicity secretary, Bode Ogunmola, who confirmed the killing, however, could not ascertain if the victim was a delegate or not.

He said that he had since been buried in Koto-Nkarfe on Wednesday according to Islamic rites.

However, when our correspondent contacted the state police command, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya said the command had no report of any death from the shooting.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has condemned in strong terms the shooting at the PDP primary in the early hours of Wednesday.

Bello condemned this in a press release made available to journalists in Lokoja, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Muhammed Onogwu.

Bello who expressed disappointment with the development stated that “such dastardly acts were an affront to the security of lives and property which are the primary achievements of his administration and the one thing Kogites have come to take for granted in recent times.”

The Governor, however, berated the opposition PDP for failing to keep the law, especially as the rival All Progressives Congress had held their primary last week, without any shooting incident.

Bello directed the security agencies to get to the root of the matter immediately, declaring that it portends grave danger to the state’s governorship elections scheduled for November 16.

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