News

ISWAP Claims Responsibility For Attack On Police Station In North-central Nigeria

The attack in Kogi is the first known incident involving the Islamic State affiliate in North-central Nigeria. It also comes days after the group claimed its first known attack in Taraba, Northeast.

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has claimed responsibility for an attack on a police station in Kogi State in North-central Nigeria, on Saturday, April 23. 

Five police officers were reportedly killed when fighters of the Islamic State affiliate attacked a police station in the Ogaminana area of Kogi.  The group also burnt the police station and two vehicles. 

A photograph shared online from the attack in Ogaminana, headquarters of the Adavi Local Government Area showed what appeared to be five AK pattern rifles and several magazines. 

According to an earlier report, three officers were killed during the attack on the Police Station around 2 a.m. (WAT) on Saturday.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Kogi, William Aya, was quoted to have said that “… some hoodlums attacked the station from the opposite direction, shooting sporadically, but were repelled by the men on duty and operatives of the Quick Response Unit who were on special operations at the local government.”

He added that the police lost three of its officers during the gunfight while the hoodlums fled with gunshot wounds as they could not get access to the station.


Support Our Journalism

There are millions of ordinary people affected by conflict in Africa whose stories are missing in the mainstream media. HumAngle is determined to tell those challenging and under-reported stories, hoping that the people impacted by these conflicts will find the safety and security they deserve.

To ensure that we continue to provide public service coverage, we have a small favour to ask you. We want you to be part of our journalistic endeavour by contributing a token to us.

Your donation will further promote a robust, free, and independent media.

Donate Here

No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means without proper attribution to HumAngle, generally including the author's name, a link to the publication and a line of acknowledgement.

Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button
Translate »