Barely 48 hours after gunmen attacked Deeper Life Bible Church in Otite, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State, leaving 20 worshippers dead and several injured, Kogi State Police Command, yesterday, announced that it had arrested the leader of the gang at Ibillo, EdoState.
Three other suspects and some traditional rulers were also arrested over the incident. Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Katsina said: “Some of the traditional rulers arrested from the area were already making useful statements and were being sorted out. Whoever is found culpable would be made to face the law.”
A statement by Force Spokesman, CSP Frank Mba, on the breakthrough said: “Acting on intelligence, crack detectives investigating the case stormed a criminal hideout in Idare Hills of Okene, suspected to be a safe haven for the hoodlums wreaking havoc in the state.
“On sighting the Policemen, the hoodlums opened fire on them, prompting a gun duel. In the ensuing battle, the gang leader identified as Yekini Isah of Obehira area of Okene, sustained injury on his head.
“Though he initially escaped from the scene, he was trailed and arrested in a hideout at Ibilo inEdoState, where he was receiving treatment from traditional healers for his gun wounds.
“Two other suspects, including a female, were arrested during the operation. One AK-47 rifle with 30 rounds of live ammunition was also recovered from the criminals.”