Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked travellers at Ofeapo, along Idrisu-Bagana Road in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Four persons were killed while two others sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack on Thursday.
The victims who were returning from the troubled Bagana market around 8:30 pm on Thursday were ambushed and killed by suspected bandits.
The victims, who were mainly traders, were travelling in a tricycle popularly called Keke Napep, when gunmen opened fire on them at close range, killing four on the spot, while two others sustained injuries.
The spokesperson of the Kogi State Police Command, SP. William Aya, confirmed the incident.
He, however, said one person, the tricycle rider, was killed while two others sustained injuries and were rushed to medical facilities in Abejukolo, headquarters of Omala LGA.
He said the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Egbuka, has mobilised a tactical squad and officers of the division to the scene to possibly fish out the perpetrators.
According to the locals, those who were killed are two males and two females who are natives of Bagana but had to relocate to Abejukolo in the wake of the killings in the communities.
The locals lamented the killings, saying it is one too many for a community that has been under siege for more than a decade.
The inhabitants condemned tthe barbaric actions of the assailants who shot and killed Mrs. Zainabu Abdullahi in front of her six-month-old baby and chopped off the head of another victim.
They called on Governor Bello to take over the security architecture in the community as efforts by his officials in the local government have been unable to stop the carnage.