Nasarawa Cease Fire Suffer Setback As Nine Ombatse Feared Dead

Abducted German The local cease fire agreement negotiation between the Eggon tribal leaders, Gwandara and Kambari leaders in Nasawara on Wednesday afternoon has been violated, few hours after nine Eggon fighters were killed in Ashinge.

The cease fire meeting which held at the LGA primary school at Tudun Gwandara on UAC Road, also had Alago and Fulani leaders who all participated in a two kilometre peace walk down to Total Filling Station on Jos Road.

Just hours after the peace deal, news filtered in on the killing of Nine Ombatse militia, who staged another fight with residents of Ashinge, a Fulani and Gwandara settlement in Lafia.

According to eyewitness report, gunfire rented the whole area on Tuesday night as the militia visited Ashinge.

Nasara​wa Crisis: Al-makura, Police Yet To Confirm Casualty Figure

Al-makuraNasarawa State, Governor Tanko Al-makura and the Police authority are yet to confirm any casualty incidence, three days after the rumoured killing of Baba Alakio, the spiritual leader of the Ombatse militia and several others who were killed in the on-going violence in the state.

This is coming days after fighting broke out in Lafia and other settlement over the Alakio attack, prompting reprisal attack where over 18 people have been allegedly killed, according to eyewitness account.

The Governor, in company of security chiefs and heavy fire power, visited Tudun Gwandara along UAC, Kwandere and Shabu settlements, the worst hit areas, to ascertain the level of destruction.

However, all that have not yielded any confirmation of casualty figures and the alleged killing of Baba Alakio, as according to the government, the security report it was relying on had no proof of casualties just yet.

Governor Al-makura, while consoling some of the affected communities in Hausa language, assured them of government’s commitment to ending the violence.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Theodore Ugochukwu, also appealled to all concerned parties to give peace a chance, saying no official report on the casualty figure was ready.

While about eight people were feared dead on Sunday in Lafia and Shabu, seven Ombatse militia were reportedly killed in a gun battle with Kambari armed groups at Tudun Gwandara along UAC Road, with three others killed at Shabu on Monday morning.

For the Eggon tribe, the invasion of Alakio shows the commitment of Fulani herdsmen to rid the Eggon tribe of the Arikya, Alakio, Ashangwa and Gidan Gambo planes.

Residents of Lafia, the state capital, on Tuesday, remained on high alert as security agencies work to contain the crisis.

Many, however, have fled the state capital with reported violence going on along Doma Road.

Al-Makura Declares Dusk To Dawn Curfew In Lafia

al-makuraGovernor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has announced a dusk to dawn curfew in Lafia, the state capital.

Mr Al-Makura announced the curfew through his Chief Press Secretary after visiting some parts of Lafia Metropolis, Tudun Kauri, Shabu and Kwandere where houses were destroyed and lives lost.

The curfew,which starts from 6.00 PM to 6.00 AM, is part of security strategy to prevent further breakdown of law and order in the state.

He also gave a brief background of the crisis which started from Alakio on Saturday night when Fulani herdsmen allegedly stormed the community to retrieve about 200 cattle earlier rustled.

Seven persons suspected to be Ombatse militia were killed by a rival group of Kamberi tribes in Lafia on Monday afternoon, following heavy gun battle.

About seven persons were admitted to the Dalhatu Araf specialist hospital on Monday morning from the renewed violence after three Eggon boys were killed at Shabu, a suburb of Lafia.

Eyewitnesses  in the area accounted that some Ombatse militia came attacking residents living around Namu Clinic on UAC Road, Lafia the state capital.

Seven Ombatse Militia Killed During Reprisal Attack In Lafia

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Seven persons suspected to be Ombatse militia have been killed by a rival group of Kamberi tribes in Lafia on Monday afternoon, following heavy gun battle.

The battle ground between the armed groups shifted few metres away from the Emir Palace road where one Ombatse was killed and his body burnt earlier on November 13.

About seven persons were admitted to the Dalhatu Araf specialist hospital on Monday morning from the renewed violence after three Eggon boys were killed at Shabu, a suburb of Lafia.

Eyewitnesses  in the area accounted that some Ombatse militia came attacking residents living around Namu clinic on UAC road, Lafia the state capital.
Seven of them were killed by the Kamberi armed group who were said to be immune to bullets fired at them by the Ombatse group.

Banks and other businesses remained closed, as residents scampered for safety.

A joint military and police patrol and riot squad are now sweeping across the state capital as the gun battle and sporadic shootings rage on.

Jang-Led NGF Hails Deployment Of Troops To Nasarawa

The Jonah Jang faction of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for deploying troops to Nasarawa state to ensure law and order in the distressed part of the state.

In a statement signed by the media officer to the chairman of the forum, Musa Bello, the development was hailed as another indication of the seriousness of the federal government to work with the state governments to ensure peace in the country.

The chairman of the forum also called on the warring communities in the state to seek peaceful ways of resolving their differences while pledging the support of the forum to the Governor Tanko Al-Makura in finding a lasting solution to the violence in the state.

Following a clash between the warring groups in the north central Nigerian state, the federal government ordered a deployment of military troops to the state in order to put an end to the lingering crisis in the state.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Director, Army Public Relations Department, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru said the troops, will join the police to stem the tide of violence in the state.

Tension heightened in the state with a clash between Ombatse militia and Alago youths in Obi local government area of the state, following the alleged killing of an Eggon man by the Alago group, which led to reprisal attacks on Friday 13th September, with hundreds of houses set ablaze.

Criminologist Blames Nasarawa State Re-occurring Clashes On FG

A professor of Criminology, Femi Odekunle on Monday blamed the lack of military and police presence in Nasarawa state for the re-occurrence of the clash between the Ombatse Militia and Alago Youths in the state.

He also noted that the “unresolved problems in the state” could be attributed to the cause of the clash.

Odekunle, who was speaking from the Abuja studio of Channels Television during Sunrise Daily programme, said the incidence of the “last weekend must be considered as another instance of a pattern of an unresolved problematic in the state” insisting that “this is not limited to the state. In the last decade we have had vast situations of instances of inter-intra community, inter-religious clashes, so it is not limited to that state”.

He went further to describe the recent clash, which occurred during the weekend, as a result of an “institution that is problematic”.

He then commended the state government for appointing credible non-indigenes of the state into the judicial commission of inquiry to ensure “impartiality in investigating the circumstances and situations and the nitty–gritty of various inter community clashes and killings in the state”.

He accused the federal government of irresponsibility for not showing concern after a dispatch of police officers and operatives of the State Security Service were ambushed and killed.

He expressed disappointment that the federal government, according to him, has not done anything in response to the killing of those security personnel noting that “the same police is reaching para-military orgasm in Rivers state over fully nothing” adding that “yet we have a situation in Nasarawa state where somebody would have expected heavy federal government presence to ensure that territorial integrity and authority of the government and state are actually enforced”.

While noting that security in this country, by the constitution, is the “formal responsibility” of the federal government, he advocated for a full federal government presence in the state to ensure that such killings do not occur again.

He however said “I am not expecting a situation like Odi under Obasanjo or Zaki-Biam under Obasanjo because we should appreciate to respect human right and we should also appreciate the limit of collective punishment”.

He further said those calling for state police are being armed with such situations “whereby you expect the federal government to come in and help you and they are not helping and go to another state where they don’t need military or police presence”.

He expressed worry for the Nigeria Police because “it appears to be its own worst enemy” noting that “the problem of the Nigeria police started when (Sunday) Adewusi, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), at that point in time, actually acted as if he was an NPN (National Party of Nigeria) card carrying member. So when the new government came in, they decimated the police and the police have not recovered from that decimation up till now, in terms of power, in terms of resources”.






















Police Debunks Claim That 50 NYSC Members Died In Nasarawa

The Commissioner of police, Nasarawa state command, Mr Umar Shehu has debunked claims that 50 NYSC members serving in Nasarawa state lost their lives as a result of the ethnic clashes in the state.

Although the ethnic violence between the outlawed Ombatse militia of Eggon and the Alago people of Obi local government spreads from Aduba through Obi to Assakio, he assured that youth corps members serving in these areas are under security protection.

Mr Shehu disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the efforts made by security operatives to contain the crisis.

The fresh crisis erupted following the killing of an Eggon man by the Alago group, which led to reprisal attacks yesterday.

The violence between the two ethnic groups began 24 hours ago, with hundreds of houses set ablaze which the police said did not claim any lives.

Mr Umar said that security personnel have contained the crisis in Aduba and Obi local government and 8 additional units of mobile police officers from Benue and Plateau states, are expected in the state before nightfall.

The commissioner also disclosed that detachments of military officers have been drafted in to contain the spate of violence.

Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Damichi Luka condemned what he described as “unwarranted attack on innocent people” across the state and urged the groups to cease hostilities in the interest of peace.

Ombatse Militia Challenges Panel Of Enquiry

The judicial commission of inquiry set up to probe the killings of security officers in Alakyo village in Nasarawa state, north central Nigeria, has begun sitting but its legality has been called to question.

Counsel to the Ombatse militia, accused of carrying out the killings, Zakaria Alumaga, has challenged the powers of the commission to probe it.

Mr Alumaga faulted the leadership of the commission which was inaugurated in May, based on the penal code which was used to outlaw the group.

He raised a preliminary objection to enable the commission decide “whether it was competent to adjudicate on some of the provisions contained in its terms of reference as regards the alleged proscription of the group by the Nasarawa state Government in 2012.”

But the state government has dismissed the objection as the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Innocent Lagi, said “the commission is all about fact finding and not a Commission for legal interpretations.”

He added that the commission will not be deterred by dissenting voices to its duties and it will continue with its mandate.

The Nigeria Police is expected to make its presentation on August 6th, the State Security Service will make its presentation on August 14thand the Nasarawa state government will be heard on August 15th.

Dozens of police officers were ambushed and allegedly massacred by suspected members of the Ombatse Militia Group in Alakyo village, on May 7.



Police Arrest Two Over Killing Of Security Operatives In Lafia

The Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has arrested one Corporal Haruna Joseph, a driver attached to the state’s Special Task Force, Operation Nasara for allegedly being a member of the Ombatse Militia group that killed several security agents in the state in the early hours of Wednesday.

The suspect who was arrested along with his brother is said to have survived the attack on the security agents as he had a special red sticker placed in front of his Hilux Van which enabled the villagers to identify and spare him.

The suspect who was arrested while driving his official Hilux Van with the sticker attached to the front bumper of his van was presented to Governor Umaru Al-Makura before being whisked away to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations.