Tension In Okene, As Residents Desert Streets
The dusk to dawn curfew imposed on the commercial city of Okene in Kogi state and the presence of police and military personnel in virtually all parts of the town has thrown residents into palpable tension.
The state government had on Tuesday imposed a 6pm to 6am curfew on the town following the killing on Monday night of 20 members of the Deeper Life Church by gunmen in Otite area and two soldiers at the Okene Central Mosque, Tuesday afternoon.
Our correspondence who observed development in the town reports that the streets are empty, as only a hand full of persons and vehicular movements are seen.
Banks, Offices and commercial shops are under lock and key and people remained largely indoors.
A house to house search by Police and Military personnel to find the weapons the military claimed was stolen from the two soldiers killed by gunmen on Tuesday is currently underway and this has thrown apprehension on the residents as to the likely aftermath of the search.
Two men and one woman, believed to be leaders of a gang which carried out the attack that lead to the death of the 20 Deeper Life Church members were arrested and paraded by the police on Wednesday.