Gunmen kill Gov Yahaya Bello’s top commissioner… reports that the police command in Kogi State has confirmed the killing of Hon. Solomon Adebayo, the Pensions Commissioner in Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration.

Adebayo, who was popularly known by his nickname Akeweje, was reportedly shot by unknown gunmen while travelling from Kabba in Kogi State to Ilorin in Kwara State on Saturday evening.

The state police spokesperson, Willaim Ayah said the gunmen opened fire on the commissioner’s vehicle along the road, killing him on the spot while severely wounding his driver.

The police said an investigation would be carried out to track and arrest those behind the deadly assault.

It was however unclear whether the attackers made away with any of the victims’ belongings.

The driver, whose name was not immediately disclosed, was taken to ECWA Hospital Egbe alongside others injured in the attack. The slain commissioner’s remains were also deposited here.

The killing of Adebayo, Akeweje of Eri Land in Kogi, was being mourned across the state as the news trickled out overnight.

It came as pressure was being mounted on President Muhammadu Buhari to address a growing security crisis that has complicated economic activities and left vast swathes of ungoverned areas in the hands of bandits, kidnappers and insurgents.

A meeting of Buhari and his national security chiefs ended in a stalemate on Friday night after some of the chiefs failed to prepare sufficient rundown over the crisis to the president, NSA Babagana Monguno said in a statement.

Nigeria is currently experiencing an increase in attacks by unknown gunmen.

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