The Kogi State Government has expressed “deep concern” over alleged attack on officials and players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah near Lokoja, expressing confidence in the capacity of the operatives of Operation Total Freedom to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Speaking to journalists via telephones after the incident, the Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor of the State, Kingsley Fanwo said such attacks are no more a usual occurrence in the state.
He said the attack is an isolated case aimed at “denting the highly effective security architecture in the State”.
According to him: “The Kogi State Government is sad over the attack on Officials and players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah who were journeying through Kogi State to honor an away fixture in the Nigerian football league.
“In the last 3 years, the State has succeeded in recording relative peace as the security architecture of the state has succeeded in putting the activities of criminals at bay.
“The Governor has directed the State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara (Rtd) to quickly rally security operatives to ensure those who perpetrated the dastardly act are apprehended and prosecuted.
“The Kogi State Government will not take its feet off the pedals in ensuring a strong message is sent to criminals that Kogi remains closed to their nefarious activities.”
Mr. Fanwo also called on security agencies to ensure this weekend’s supplementary elections in Kogi West and the rerun in Ajaokuta are “free of violence and bloodshed.”