Survivor narrates how Ombatse attacked Assakio in Nasarawa

Umaru Tanko Al Makura, Nasarawa State Governor

The Federal Government has deployed troops to Nasarawa.

A survivor of last week’s attack by suspected members of the Ombatse militia group in Assakio Development Area of Nasarawa, Muhammed Ishaku, said the attackers came in a hilux van and an ambulance vehicle loaded with rifles and ammunition.

Mr. Ishaku spoke during Thursday’s visit of Governor Umaru Al-Makura to a refugee came in Namu Town, a settlement bordering Nasarawa with Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State. He said the attackers chanted songs daring the police to confront them before setting fire on people’s houses.

He pleaded with the state government to provide security for the refugees to return to their homes.

Mr. Ishaku said he spent three days in hiding before security operatives came to his rescue, urging the state government to ensure that the attackers do not go scot free. He said the attack was not religious as the attackers included both Christians and Muslims.

Other survivors at the camp also lamented the loss of their property to the attackers.

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Mr. Al – Makura said that over 1,300 houses were burnt and 31 people killed by the Ombatse militia group.

While answering questions from newsmen in Obi after inspecting the troubled areas, Mr. Al-Makura said the state government would ensure that the damaged property of victims were replaced.

He said the state government will also provide logistic support to those presently living in refugee camp to return to their abode within the next two days when adequate security measures would have been put in place.

Checks around the areas show that Assakio has been virtually deserted as most of the houses in the area have been burnt while trees were also cut down.

The federal government has deployed troops to Nasarawa to check the violence.

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