Ten persons were confirmed dead by the Nigerian Police in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Sunday, when gunmen invaded Kpanche community in Bassa Local Government Area of the State.
Ali Janga, State Commissioner of Police, said the dead included five residents of the community while five of the armed bandits were killed during a cross fire with security agents.
The Police Commissioner said the bandits invaded the sleepy agrarian community in the early hours of Sunday but they were quickly repelled by a combined team of policemen and soldiers.
“Yes, five lives were lost in the village but operatives of the police mobile force and soldiers repelled them and succeeded in killing five bandits and recovered some weapons.
“So far, normalcy has been restored in the area,” Janga said.
Five houses and unspecified number of vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles and other properties were also set ablaze by the bandits, according to Mr Janga.