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It made this known on Tuesday in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja, the state capital.
According to Fanwo, the unfortunate attack occurred on Sunday on their way back to the state from Kwara, dispelling reports that the attack happened in Kogi state.
He noted that the Yahaya Bello-led administration is working hard with security agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the safe return of the council boss.
The statement reads: ”We wish to report, with every sense of sobriety, the unfortunate attack by some gunmen on a Commissioner in the Kogi Pension Commission, Late Solomon Adebayo and also the Chairman of Yagba West LGA, Pius Kolawole, on their way back to the state from Kwara.
”We can confirm authoritatively that the unfortunate incident happened shortly after Eruku, Ekiti Local Government, Kwara. Adebayo died as a result of gun wounds sustained from the sad incident.
”The whereabouts of the Chairman of Yagba West LGA is still unknown but security agencies in both Kwara and Kogi, as well as local security services, are working hard to ensure the safe return of the chairman.”
The statement added that the state government had been circumspect in making official statements in order not to do anything to throw into jeopardy, the efforts of security agencies on the matter.
”But it is also incumbent on a responsible Government like ours to speak to our people and assure them that Kogi will spare nothing to remain the safest in the country.
”We also wish to caution those making statements which are capable of undermining the security of the state to desist from such an unpatriotic wish for anomie.
”It is high time we came together to make our nation safe, secured, and governable.
”The Government and the people of Kogi are also determined to make Kogi peaceful and safe. Our Government has the backing of the people and the security agencies to keep Kogi safe”, Fanwo said.
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