FG Opts for Negotiation with Ombatse Militias to secure Release of Four Policemen Still in their Custody
The Federal government has opened negotiation with members of the Ombatse militia group in Alakyo, Eggon area of Nasarawa state who is reportedly still holding no fewer than four police officers hostage after several others were killed few weeks ago.
The group had in an ambush against a combined team of police, SSS and Civil Defence men detailed to raid their shrine last Tuesday killed about 95 of the security personal and several others not accounted.
The missing policemen prompted the Federal Government’s decision to open up dialogue with the group rather engage the brutal religious militias in another bloody clash, with a view to freeing the police officers still being held by the group.
Explaining the government’s actions to secure the release of the policemen, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar who was on a visit to the state yesterday in the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade and the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone IV, Mr. Mike Zukumor said the FG is making effort to peacefully resolve the impasse.
“We are making every peaceful effort to ensure that some of our men still being held hostage are released unhurt”, the IGP noted, adding that there was an ongoing dialogue both in the state and at other quarters with the Ombatse group on how to secure the release of the captured policemen.
The state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura in his remarks also confirmed the negotiation with the militia group.
According to him “the compounding issue is that the place is still insecure. It is not to say we can’t go there. We are trying to get anyone still alive there. We heard up to four men are still being held, but the police are working hard to free them.
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