One year after Ombatse killings: Widows demand corpses of slain police officers

Mohammed Abubakar, IGP of police

The widows staged a protest to demand better treatment from the IGP.

One year after at least 65 security operatives were killed in a battle with the Ombatse cult in Alakyo Village in Nasarawa State, some of the widows have neither received the corpses nor the benefits due to the slain security operatives.

On Wednesday, about 50 widows staged a protest in Akwanga Local Government Area of the State demanding the release of the corpses of their husbands.

The spokesperson of the group, Victoria Elisha, told journalists that they want the corpses to enable them perform befitting burial rites for their loved ones.

“We give the state government three weeks ultimatum to give us the corpses of our late husbands.

“We demand to be shown the bodies of our husbands for us to be sure they were among those that were killed,” she said.

Ms. Elisha said at the expiration of the ultimatum they will relocate to the state government house if nothing is done.

“At the expiration of the ultimatum, all the widows and their children will relocate to government house for the state governor to house us,” Ms. Elisha said.

She added that, the state government had promised to give them (widows) jobs and to also take care of their children’s upkeep.

“The government also promised to cater for our feeding until we get employment,” she said. “But we are neglected”.

The widows also accused the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, of selective treatment in the payment of benefits of their late spouses.

Ms. Elisha said after repeated appeals to the IGP, the widows of younger officers have not received any benefit due their husbands.

“The Inspector General of Police has not shown any concern to our plight despite repeated pleas and we are yet to hear anything on the benefits of our husbands.

“But let me tell you that the benefits of senior officers who led operation where our husbands were killed have been paid in full, ”Ms. Elisha said.

She also used the opportunity to appeal to the Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, to redeem the pledge of N100 million made to them.

On May 7, 2013, at least 65 security operatives including police officers and officials of the Department of State Security, SSS, were killed on their way to dislodge the Ombatse group from Alakyo.

No one has been prosecuted for the killings.

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