Hon. (Barr.) Cosmas Ilemona Atabor, Transition Chairman of Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Speaks on suspected drug kingpin, Sumaila Ata (AKA Summy), Killed in Ajaka


Hon. (Barr.) Cosmas Ilemona Atabor, Transition Chairman of Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Speaks on suspected drug kingpin, Sumaila Ata (AKA Summy), Killed in Ajaka

 

It’s unfortunate news that a suspected drug kingpin, Sumaila Ata (AKA Summy), was fatally shot on April 19, 2024, in the peaceful town of Ajaka within Igalamela/Odolu Local Government. This incident casts a shadow over our community’s reputation. Let us pray for the soul of the deceased and for positive change among our youth. Amen.

What truly stands out is that Sumaila Ata had been a target of security agencies, repeatedly evading capture until his demise. On April 19, 2024, the agencies received credible intelligence that he had received a large shipment of illegal drugs for distribution to unsuspecting youths. Swift action was taken to prevent further harm to our community.

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When security agents tracked him down, members of his gang tried to obstruct his arrest, while he attempted to escape on a red motorcycle. During the pursuit, he brandished a weapon, leading to his fatal shooting by the agents. (Attached are images of his motorcycle, weapons, and related evidence.)

While regrettable, this incident underscores the crucial work of our security agencies in combating crime for the well-being of our people.

I must clarify misinformation spread by Opaluwa Omera alleging that I provided a list of individuals for “liquidation” by security agencies. This is entirely false. The agencies acted based on credible intelligence to apprehend Sumaila Ata. There is no such list. I am committed to peace and non-violence, and urge caution in spreading unverified information.

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Once again, I extend condolences to the family of the deceased and encourage them to join us in eradicating drug-related crimes and other social ills in our community, Kogi State, and Nigeria at large.

 


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