Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers killed an Assistant Superintendent of police and some other travellers at Kotonkarfe area of Kogi State on the Lokoja-Abuja highway, Daily Trust gathered.
A witness said the suspected kidnappers who laid siege on the highway, opened fire on occupants of a Sharon car which was heading to Abuja from Port Harcourt, killing all passengers on board.
The witness, who escaped by the whiskers, told journalists yesterday that the incident occurred at 5.58pm on Tuesday.
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He said that the Sharon car coming from Port Harcourt on sighting suspected kidnappers who were in military camouflage tried to escape but got shot, a development which deflated the tyres and the car somersaulted killing all its occupants.
“At that point we figured that they may be kidnappers and our driver then engaged the reverse gear and they started firing at our car.
“The driver was hit in the shoulder by bullet. A man at the back seat was also hit in the head”, he said.
According to him, they managed to drive to the Gegu-Beki police station where the men on duty assisted in conveying them to the General Hospital at Kotonkarfe and later on to FMC Lokoja.
He said that their driver who was hit by bullet has been referred to National Hospital, Abuja, while other occupants at the back seat who sustained bullet wounds have been referred to the University College Hospital, Ibadan for attention.
When contacted, the state’s police commissioner, Hakeem Busari, who confirmed the incident said he got a report that a car stopped by kidnappers dressed in camouflage was shot at which made it to summersault killing all occupants including an Assistant Superintendent of Police from Edo State.
He said investigation had been opened into the incident.