Ombatse Killings: APC ‘insensitive, opportunistic’ — Jonathan

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has lashed out at the All Progressives Congress, APC, after the party accused him of not being serious about the welfare and security needs of the nation’s security agencies as evidenced by the Ombatse killings in Nasarawa State in May 2013.

Mr. Jonathan said the party demonstrated “insensitivity and crass opportunism” by making the allegation.

The APC Presidential Campaign Council had accused Mr. Jonathan of not taking serious the welfare and safety needs of members of the nation’s security personnel in a statement issued Monday by its spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

The statement said Mr. Jonathan was prepared to trade the welfare and security needs of the security personnel for political gains.

Over 100 policemen and operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, were killed on May 7, 2013.

They were on a mission to arrest the spiritual leader of Ombatse cult in Alakiyo village Nasarawa when members of the cult ambushed them.

APC said the inability of the Jonathan administration to virtually do nothing since the killings is the most glaring example of how callous and uncaring a government, which claims to be democratic, can be.

The APC also said in serious countries, government does not toy with the lives and well-being of its security men, adding that that any act of violence on security personnel is viewed and handled like an assault on the nation as a whole.

“The action of the US and French authorities when terrorists attacked their Police personnel on duty is a case in point.

“These governments did not rest until the perpetrators were eliminated and investigation is still continuing to get to the root cause of the assault to prevent future occurrence,” it said.

Mr. Jonathan’s campaign team responded in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesperson, Femi Fani-Kayode.

The statement said the allegations by the APC campaign team shows how the desperation of its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, for power has pushed it into a frenzied search for any imaginable reason or ground to accuse Mr. Jonathan of incompetence in the handling of security matters.

It said the crisis that led to the death of the security personnel, in the first instance, was as a result of in-fighting within the political echelons of Nasarawa State, which is controlled by the APC.

“As is the case with the Boko Haram insurgency, after the APC has wilfully exacerbated a dangerous security situation through its unguarded utterances and encouragement to rogue elements within its ranks, the party now turns around and tries to profit from further politicization of the fallout of a heinous deed in which it is complicit.

“This marks a desperate low for the APC and is tantamount to a new form of political voodoo, which involves trying to raise political capital and electoral sympathy from the deaths of our brave fallen security personnel,” the statement said.

Mr. Jonathan’s team also condemned in the strongest language what it described as the “APC’s insensitivity and opportunism”.

It also said Mr. Jonathan had already established a mechanism to determine the immediate and remote causes of the unfortunate Ombatse killings.

“In addition, while nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, families of the fallen security personnel were compensated,” it said.

It added that since there is still an ongoing process to bring the perpetrators of the crime to book and forestall a recurrence, “we will not join the APC in the distasteful exploitation of the deaths of our security personnel for political gains”.


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  • amazing2012

    …..at the end the federal government through the DG SSS come out to forgive them ! No arrest was made and no sign of any action taken or to be taking !! What a country !!!

    • Mr. Abdin

      My brother they have forgotten that DSS have forgiven them.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Nigeria is a very funny country so the PDP can now talk about the ombatse killings after the DSS have forgiven them what a country, That is why we are calling for change.

  • Dumbo

    GEJ = Total failure + Lies

  • Mosaku 147

    Where else and under whose leadership in the whole wide world would 100 security agents be killed in a single day and not in a war situation? IN NIGERIA,UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF A DRUNKEN CLOWN BY NAME BADLUCK OLORIBURUKU JONOTHING. A year and a half on,nobody has been brought to justice and the blockhead is begging for a second chance.rubbish.

    • tundemash

      Under Dumbo, Nigeria is a crime scene (cr. @Dare)

    • Progress

      U mind dem? And that yeye MENTALO FFK is claiming “an ongoing process” . More than 18 months after?

    • Mr Chris

      I have nothing to write concerning what you wrote because is a pity that you have eyes yet you can’t see the handwriting on the wall that this issue of terrorism is nothing but political malpractice by the undetected uncivilised opposite party man your own brother Gen Burhari. How can a man openly made a suicide state four years ago in an open air to give the present administration of Mr president “ungovernable rule” yet nothing was done able it and after this very ill state, it became healed and we are complaining of no security in the country. I know the pains families of diseases from this terrorist attacks are going through because I am going through this same pain right now due to the death of my beloved friend and also a brother who died on duty post 31st of December 2014 trying to stop a suicide bombing in Gombe State. All this happened and I believe the Genesis of all this problem stated after you brother Gen Burhari made that remarkable statement to the public. But if you are still not convinced after all this then let Gen Burhari explain to the public why he made this very statement “I will make our government ungovernable” then he will get more support since be promise to tackle terrorism in the country if been. Voted for and even Mr president will even give him his vote. But if he can’t then let the sleeping dog lie and let’s wait for Feb 14th to decide.

      • Dan Arewa

        Who covering Ali Modu Sherif?

        Who is Azubuike Ihejirika?

        Who is Stephen Davies?

        Who invited Stephen Davies to mediate between Ali Modu Sherif’s Boko Haram and Ihejirika (the financier)’s side known as the government?

        Where is our 20bn missing oil revenue?

        Where is our missing girls?

        Who danced with a lady a day after more than 70 people were blown to pieces just a stone throw from his villa telling the lady ‘show me your ass’?

        Who made the statement that if he is re-elected will ‘MINIMIZE’ terrorism not eradicate it?

        Who was the guy that got drunk in the UK to the extent that he must be taken to hospital ‘unconscious’?

        Who is the only Ph.D holder I know who cannot make an SSIII level speech?

        I am tired of writing this and I have 20 more to write, can somebody help me, please?

  • tega emmanuel

    GREATEST NIGERIAN YOUTHS……,,,,,,,, greattttttttt!
    INDOMITABLE NIGERIAN YOUTHS……… greatttttttt!
    INDEFATIGABLE NIGERIAN YOUTHS….. greeattttttttt!
    AND OF THE GREATEST GBOGBO………….gbogboooooo

    I remain my humble self Comrade Joy Chikwensu
    I want to use this privilege to express my sympathy to the families in baga that lost their loved ones.
    Today a thin line has been drawn between the younger generation and the older generation.
    France in its fight against terrorism unanimously agreed as citizens to counter terrorism both men and women and the teaming youths
    Today reverse is the case in Nigeria, youths join their hands with wolves of this nation to perpetrate evil, women like oby ezekwensily chant songs on behalf of terrorsist, news sites like sahara reporters help them blow their trumpet.
    How can the international communities come to our rescue when they are aware we don’t stand as one
    Before February 14th on behalf of Great Nigerian Youths
    DEMAND TO KNOW
    1.why Buhari did not summon northern leaders to approach the President of Chad to ask him why he did not support the fight against terrorism in Nigeria bit instead chose to make his country an hideout for bokoharam.

    2. Why Buhari decided to make the country ungovernable for the incumbent president to the detriment of many lives that have been lost.

    3. Why Buhari has not apologized to Nigerians over the loss of many lives during the during the 2011 post violence crisis

    4. why Buhari tribe, the fulanis have refused to be civilezed since democracy uptildate with the level of civilization and global exposure of Nigeria

    5. why Buhari has compromised the government that came to be as a result of the struggle of our Nationalist

    6. Why Buhari has always resorted to violence as the only tool to implement change in Nigeria

    7. Why Buhari chose Gafafi as his role model and mentor

    8.Why Buhari addressed a Crowd on top dead bodies when their was an attempted suicide attack on him on his way to kano

    9. Why Buhari wants to islamize this country at all cost when he is fully aware that Nigeria is Gods own country

    10. Why Buhari has consistently tried to impose his Candidature on the General Overseer Of the RCCG(Adeboye)….. when he has absolutely refused to give his life to Christ.
    Nigerian youths if Buhari likes he should wipe out half of Nigerians
    Nigeria will forever remain as one and will never give you the opportunity to devour our heroes past
    ‪#‎BuhariWeDemandToKnow‬
    ‪#‎Pharaoh‬ let my people go

    • Etomi

      True talk!!!!

    • Dan Arewa

      Surely, you made this comment from the beer parlor you have spend your entire life in. You must be jonah’s brother in drunkenness.

    • tundemash

      If this is the kind of empty-headed youths in schools now, then this nation is in trouble !

    • Hambolu Segun

      Is Buhari the president for crying out loud?
      Na wa for you.

  • BUSHMAN

    I DO NOT LIKE RESPONDING TO THIS CERTIFIED DRUG ADDICT BUT I WILL LIKE TO ASK HIM HOW LONG IT TAKES TO INVESTIGATE SUCH A GRAVE MATTER? A GOOD EIGHTEEN MONTHS AFTER THE KILLING OF CLOSE TO A HUNDRED SECURITY PERSONNEL,NOT ONE PERSON HAS BEEN APPREHENDED BY THE AUTHORITIES.DO NIGERIANS NEED ANY FURTHER PROOF OF THIS PRESIDENT’S INEPTITUDE?AND LET ME GIVE FREE ADVICE TO THE PDP CAMPAIGN TEAM:HAVING FEMI FANI-KAYODE AS THEIR SPOKESPERSON IS DOING A LOT OF DAMAGE TO THEIR CAMPAIGN.FOR INSTANCE,ONE OF THE MAIN CAMPAIGN ISSUES IS CORRUPTION;SO HOW CAN A MAN WHO HAS A CORRUPTION CASE IN COURT MAKE A CASE FOR THE PRESIDENT ON THE ISSUE?THE MAN HAS A MORAL CRISIS YET YOU ALLOW HIM TO HANDLE SUCH A SENSITIVE POSITION.YOU CAN SEE FROM THE RESPONSES BY NIGERIANS THAT NOBODY TAKES HIM SERIOUS AND THIS IS RUBBING OFF BADLY ON THE PRESIDENT. EDEM DUKE IS THERE AND CAN DO THE JOB MUCH BETTER THAN THIS SPOILT BRAT.BESIDES,IGBOS HAVE TONS OF ISSUES WITH THIS MAN WHO LIED THAT HE HAD ONCE SLEPT WITH THE WIFE OF OJUKWU.THAT IS ENOUGH REASON TO KEEP HIM AT THE BACKGROUND.AND AGAIN,HE DOESN’T CONNECT WITH THE MASSES WHO SEE HIM AS ONE OF THE OPPRESSORS.ITS JUST FREE ADVICE;FRANKLY,IT IS TO OUR ADVANTAGE IF HE IS RETAINED.

  • saheedl

    Hmm! This is bomb for those who have ears.