Nicholas Ofodile, the owner of a popular supermarket in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital was on Wednesday shot dead by unknown gunmen.
Our correspondent gathered that two other persons were also killed in the attack while many others were reportedly kidnapped.
Ofodile was said to have met his sudden death along Gegu/Koton-Karfe/Abuja Expressway when he ran into an armed robbery operation.
Gegu, a community in Kogi Local Government Area of the state is said to be a den for criminal activities in recent times.
An eye witness who pleaded anonymity said there was a gun duel between the robbers and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad around 1pm when Ofodile ran into them and was caught in the crossfire.
A source stated that the bandits succeeded in whisking many passengers plying the busy Abuja/Lokoja Road away to an unknown destination.
The latest development comes less than a week after eight policemen and two civilians were killed in Isanlu by suspected robbers who launched attack in a commercial bank in Kogi.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, who confirmed the incident, said, “I just got a call that the owner of the Chucks Supermarket has been killed alongside one other person. The command has yet to get the details of what happened.”