The Kogi State correspondent of The Sun newspaper Emmanuel Adeyemi has been shot.
An unidentified person who was reportedly hit by a stray bullet around the Kogi Circle Roundabout reportedly died on the spot.
He had written: “Gentlemen, there are sporadic shootings along Govt House Junction. I learnt that there is serious problem with youths and police along Zone 8 right now as they are bent on invading the govt warehouse located along that way.”
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He was rushed to a nearby clinic within the premises of the NUJ Press Centre, from where he was referred to the Lokoja City Hospital.
Sources claimed that hired thugs instigated the attacks.
“The boys 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,” said a source.
The drive-by shooters whose bullet hit Adeyemi from behind, also shot a passerby whose name could not be ascertained.
The sporadic gunshots in Lokoja followed the resumption of looting in another warehouse in the Zone 8 area.
A similar incident was recorded overnight when the Agricultural Development Project (ADP) warehouse where bags of fertilizsers were stored was invaded and looted by hoodlums.