Tension in Kogi community as one feared dead, correspondent working with the Sun Newspaper identified as Emmanuel Adeyemi reportedly shot by unknown armed thugs.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the reporter, Adeyemi was on his way to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) press centre in Lokoja, a stone throw from the gate of the secretariat before he was shot.
It was also learnt that a yet-to-be identified person was reportedly hit by a stray bullet around the Kogi Circle roundabout close to the Misi T restaurant, was said to have died on the spot.
Adeyemi at exactly 10.18am posted warnings of sporadic shootings on the Correspondents’ chapel WhatsApp platform.
According to report, the reporter was rushed to a nearby clinic within the premises of the NUJ Press Centre from where he was referred to the Lokoja City Hospital, close to the palace of the Maigari of Lokoja, in the Karaworo area of the capital.
Unconfirmed sources claimed hired thugs instigated the attacks that have degenerated into a near breakdown of law and order.
“The boys also came around the Baptist Church junction shooting sporadically. People around the area scampered for safety.
“We had to lie on the floor at home. It is like they are political thugs,” a source said.
The other victim of the drive-by shooting on the Lugard Road, close to the NUJ state secretariat, was said to have just arrived from Benue and was caught up in the middle of the mayhem.
The sporadic gunshots in Lokoja followed the resumption of looting in another warehouse in the Zone 8 area.