David Mark sanctioned my visit to Ombatse chief priest- Senator

President of the Senate, David Mark

Senator Solomon Ewuga of the All Progressives Congress, representing Nasarawa North in the National Assembly, has said that his visit to Baba Alakyo, the chief priest of Ombatse, days after about 100 security operatives were killed by the militia group, was approved by Senate President David Mark.

Answering questions at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, seating in Lafia, probing the killing of the security operatives, Mr. Ewuga admitted that he knew Baba Alakyo and he had visited the Alakyo village.

Mr. Ewuga, who was led to the witness box at about 11.55 a.m. said, “Yes I know Baba Alakyo and visited Alakyo village some times in May”

The senator also claimed that the media officials and security aides that accompanied him on the visit were approved by the Senate leadership.

“My movement to Alakyo was approved by the leadership of the national assembly, that was why I went with full protocol from the assembly that supported me including security,” he said.

Mr. Ewuga said that he was away in Port Harcourt when the killings of security operatives took place and that the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) had called him a day after the Alakyo crisis, early in the morning, and pleaded with him to assist in rescuing operatives who were either killed or kidnapped.

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“The first called I received the next morning after I arrived from Port Harcourt was the DG of SSS, who told me that Eggon youths have either kidnapped his men or killed them so please use your leadership position there to release them or their dead bodies,” he said.

The senator said he does not know the number of security operatives killed during the violence. He also accepted sending away the Ombatse group from the venue of the swearing-in ceremony of Umaru Al-Makura as the governor of the state in May 2011

“I asked them to leave because they don’t belong there,” he said.

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