UPDATE: Gunmen seize Alakyo village, burn Ombatse shrine in Nasarawa

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Gunmen on Sunday morning attacked Alakyo village in Nasarawa State, chased away the residents and burnt down the shrine of Lega Agu, also known as Baba Alakyo, the spiritual leader of the Ombatse militia group.

Alakyo is the village were over 89 Nigerian security operatives were killed last year by the Ombatse militia group.

The whereabouts of Baba Alakyo is not yet known as scores of people vacated the area.

The Nasarawa State Head of Service, Dominic Bako, was hit in his arm by a bullet as he ran into protesting youth in Shabu area, the adjourning village to Alakyo. He is currently receiving treatment at the state specialist hospital.

The students of the state polytechnic and college of agriculture in Lafia, which is a few meters away from Shabu, also fled the school for safety reasons.

By Sunday evening, Shabu had become partially shutdown as residents remained indoors and commercial activities grounded.

Four people were reportedly killed and their remains deposited at the Specialist Hospital Lafia, along Shendam Road, although state or hospital officials are yet to confirm that.

Scores of children and women were seen in the early hours of Sunday trekking to Nasarawa Eggon, about 30 kilometres from Lafia.

As news filtered in Lafia that some Eggon youth, who appeared to the protesting the attack on Alakyo, a predominantly Eggon enclave, were firing gunshots and heading to the residence of the Emir of Lafia, Ishah Agwai, the youth in Lafia went into the streets, threatening to burn down property belonging to Eggon people.

Security operatives were seen parading the streets of Lafia, dispersing protesting youth to avoid violence in the capital.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ogwochukwu Theodore, confirmed the incident and said that police officers have been drafted to bring the situation in Alakyo and other places under control. He, however, declined commenting on the casualty figure and whether arrests were made.

Nasarawa, like neighbouring Plateau and Benue states, has witnessed several ethno-religious clashes leading to the death of hundreds of people.


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  • amazing2012

    Good job ! Kudos !! But why no death ?

  • Umar Jibril Abdulkadir

    This is a classical case of juju don pass juju, this militias murdered our security forces almost 90 of them!!!! And nothing happen to this people, in nigeria today the life of a security force is equivalent to a chicken life, in any sane society dead of a one security man definitely a lot of head will roll but not in our own society were anarchy is the topic of the day, I totally abhor violence and I always say violence doesnt bring peace but more violence, people should learn to live together no matter their differences, I hope and pray one day we will wake up and sleep without a single person loosing his life to violence. Ameen

    • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

      Not yet uhuru.

      • Nigeriana

        May you see it!

    • Nigeriana

      Amen!!

  • mao

    Fantastic!!!

  • Otile

    Can this happen in Nasarawa Emirate? The North is in trouble.

  • Truthometer

    Maku is back in town. What do you expect?

  • Zara

    This is ethnic cleansing of the Eggon tribe in Nasarawa state, no more no less. Once the Eggon fought back and beat up Fulani invaders last year, this reprisal was predictable. The Kanuri people spear-heading Boko Haram were bound to attack the Eggon people with supporters from Lafia town. The Security services should have seen this genocide coming.

    • Strong System

      Which security?…… We thought the Eggon Ombatse had killed them all and the remaining ones are to scared to be near that community.

      Hmm….Naija with jungle justice.

    • Jandu

      it is observed that all the Eggon dominated areas are systematically being attacked and wiped out so that their votes will not be significant in 2015, anyone watching this trend at all??

  • amazing2012

    Who Kill with the sword will surely die by the sword ! We wait to hear more of Nmbatse’s destruction for killing security officers and get forgiveness from FGN through DG SSS

  • Chris1408

    Nigerian police said Ombatse were invincible. What happened today, their juju fail.

  • Nwokolo

    More than 1 year ago over 100 security personnel were killed by the Ombaste cult and nothing happened to bring justice to the perpetrators whom most Nigerians know their guilt but we all choose to look the other way. Over 100 security personnel in one swoop! So unfortunate. A nation that toils with virtually everything including lives. A people that relishes chasing shadows instead of objects. Ombaste will not be the first principality to be wiped off by almighty God as He releases his wrath whether man wants it or not.

  • Thepeople

    Sodom and Gomorrah thy name is Nigeria. Thy destruction is nigh.

  • Ailenbata George

    Why is this governor destroying his people,when you give power to a settler to rule over you this is what you get

    • Aminu

      We are all settlers on mother earth and we shall one day return back at appointed time,So do you think the Governor hails from central Africa like Dumbo?If u don’t know what to say pls keep and quiet and continue to search for job.Hypocrite! where were u when our security men were murdered by these cult group

  • Wähala

    Just as TB Joshua didn’t see it coming, the cult kingpin never knew what was coming until it hit home. He murdered 100 security personnel last year and got protection from the noisy Leberan Maku. Today, where is he or Maku to use juju against his enemies and protect his evil shrine? AWOL! OBJ razed Odi and Gbaramutu for the murder of 200 police men, they learnt tough lessons quickly. Coward Dumbo panders to every tout and is scared silly of confrontation yet, he wants to continue being called C-in-C… Commander of Ogogoro is more like it. Drunkard!

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