Two officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have been killed by unknown gunmen in Koton Karfe community in Kogi.
Sector Commander of the FRSC in Kogi, Godwin Omiko confirmed the killing on Wednesday in a chat with newsmen in Lokoja, Kogi State capital.
Omiko identified the officers as Olaoluwa Adebayo and Adesina Iyanda, who were both shot by the same armed bandits, who on November 2, attacked Koton Karfe Prison and set 144 inmates. The officers, according to him, were among six officers on night duty at the FRSC office on the day of the attack.
As the insurgents attacked the town, shooting sporadically, officers of the FRSC were said to have ran in several directions to get cover. The two officers, Adebayo and Iyanda hid in a nearby bush, but were unfortunate to be sighted by the gunmen, who went away with them.
Search for the men commenced on Monday, but the search efforts did not pay off until Tuesday evening when a local discovered their corpses.
“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,” said Omiko.
The woman was said to have raised the alarm that attracted other villagers, who followed the woman back to the spot in the company of some FRSC officials and policemen.
Omiko said the bodies of the officers were found in a shallow grave, with gun wounds seen indicating they were shot in the head at close range.
“They removed their uniforms before shooting them; they used their lineyard 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,” the FRSC Commander explained.
The bodies of the FRSC officers had since been deposited at the Ankuri Hospital morgue in Lokoja.