Nasarawa Crisis: Shot Police officer admits membership of Ombatse cult

Nasarawa State
Nasarawa State

The officer shocked his boss when he admitted membership of the deadly cult.

The Ombatse member shot by soldier in Akwanga local government area of Nasarawa state wearing mobile police uniform has confirmed to the state police commissioner, Umar Shehu, to be a member of the police force.

The officer, who was questioned by the state police boss in Government House, kept mute when asked the whereabouts of his rifle.

He writhed in pain due to gunshots he suffered during an exchange of gunfire with the army.

” I am sorry sir,” he told the police commissioner.

The officer, who had charms underneath his uniform was among three others brought to Government House by the army in a Hilux van.

He dripped of blood following the gunshots he suffered when the Army engaged the Ombatse cult in a shootout. He could not answer questions regarding why he left his duty post for the trouble spot.

A teenager of the Eggon tribe and an indigene of Doma, who was among the militia shot by the soldiers, told the police commissioner, in the presence of the state governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura, that the rifle found on him was provided by the mobile police officer.

One of the officers told PREMIUM TIMES that the boys went and re- group in their hundreds and came through the bush to attack them when some of their members where arrested at a check a point which prompted them to act in self defence.

Governor Al-Makura, who landed in Government House around 5.35pm in a police chopper, promised to address the state after receiving briefings from the state security chiefs.

He commended the security operatives for handling the situations while urging the people of the state to leave in peace and harmony with one another.


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