LAGOS, Feb. 8 — Nigerian police repelled an attack by gunmen on a police station in central Nigeria’s Kogi state on Sunday and killed one of the attackers, a police spokesperson said on Monday.
Williams Oyve-Aya, the spokesperson for the police in Kogi, told reporters in the state capital Lokoja on Monday that the gunmen struck late on Sunday at the area police station in the Okene town of the state, but were repelled by police officers on duty.
Oyve-Aya said the gunmen attacked the police facility with sporadic gunshots and explosives.
“The officers on duty repelled the attack and shot dead one attacker, a situation that forced the hoodlums to flee even before the police sent back-up teams from the neighboring divisions,” he said.
The police spokesperson said normalcy had returned to the community, and no arrests have been made so far, but a thorough search for the gunmen has begun.
Armed attacks have been a primary security threat in Nigeria’s northern and central regions, leading to deaths and kidnappings in recent months.