Gunmen kill two FRSC marshals in Kogi

FRSCThe Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Wednesday confirmed the killing of two of its officers by gunmen in Koton Karfe community in Kogi.

Sector Commander of the FRSC in Kogi, Mr Godwin Omiko, confirmed the killing while speaking with newsmen in Lokoja.

He said that the officers, Olaoluwa Adebayo and Adesina Iyanda, were shot by the same bandits, who attacked Koton Karfe Prison and set 144 inmates free on November 2.

Omiko said that the slain marshals were among six officers on night duty at the FRSC office on the fateful day.

He said that the officers on hearing sporadic gunshots from the bandits ran in different directions for safety.

He said that Adebayo and Iyanda were hiding in a nearby bush when they were sighted by the escaping gunmen, who later took them away.

Omiko said that when he was informed of the incident, a search party, comprising FRSC officials, police and local vigilance men began the search for the men on Monday.

He said that the effort did not yield results until Tuesday evening when a woman who went into the bush to fetch firewood discovered their bodies.

“The woman perceived odour and saw flies all over, she later traced the odour to a spot where she used a stick to scratch the ground and saw a body,” Omiko said.

The woman, Omiko said, ran out of the bush and raised an alarm which attracted other villagers.

Omiko said that some FRSC officials, policemen and some men in the community followed the woman into the bush to ascertain her claim.

The sector commander said the bodies were immediately retrieved from the shallow grave, explaining that the officers were shot in the head at close range.

“They removed their uniforms before shooting them; they used their line yard and shoe laces to tie their hands and legs.

“We saw bruises all over their bodies indicating that they were dragged over a distance before being killed,’’ he explained.

Omiko said that the gunmen went away with the uniforms, service belts, shoes, identity cards, official and personal mobile phones and ATM cards of the slain officers.

He said that the bodies of Adebayo and Iyanda, who both hailed from Kwara had been deposited at the Ankuri Hospital morgue in Lokoja.