Nassawara Massacre: We Didn’t Ambush Policemen, My ‘god’ Killed Them – Ombatse Priest
The chief priest of the Eggon ethnic group’s deity, Ombatse, Ala Agu, popularly known as “Baba Alakyo”, yesterday declared that his “god” was responsible for the killings of the policemen and not an ambush by Ombatse adherents as popularly bandied.
The Ombatse leader stated this yesterday in the Eggon ethnic dialect through an interpreter. The spiritual head spoke when Senator Solomon Ewuga representing Nasarawa North, who led some select journalists , visited Alakyo village for an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation. He said that he did not know how the security operatives died even though he was informed that they were instructed to come and kill him.
The Ombatse chief priest added that he was in a nearby village on the day of the attack. Baba Alakyo also boasted that he was ready to honour any police invitation but claimed that nobody had invited him.
“When they (security operatives) came, because they were themselves drunk, my god did not allow them to come to me and they died on the way,” the priest told journalists in his house in Alakyo on Wednesday.
Baba Alakyo further claimed that Nasarawa State governor Tanko Al-Makura sent security operatives to “behead” him but he was saved by his “god”.
According to Baba Alakyo: “I am grateful for your coming, Senator. I am very, very grateful for your coming. Even if the Senator did not come here, I had intended to go and see him in his house but since he is here, I am very grateful.
“It is the governor that asked the people (security operatives) to come here and arrest me, cut my head and take my head to him.
“The question I ask is, has the governor ever invited me and I refused to go? But he sent people to come and kill me and to destroy Alakyo as a whole. That is just what it is.”
The chief priest also denied forcing anybody to be initiated into Ombatse or forcing people to drink any fetish concoction as widely reported. “If I ever opened my mouth to force anybody to take oath, God should punish me,” he stated.
On the reported political undertone of the attacks, he said: “If you are talking about politics, it does not bother me. I don’t even understand Hausa language. Politics is not for me because I am not a politician. Politics is for politicians but I hear that the time for politicking has not even come.”
According to Nassarawa state government sources, Ombatse which it tags a “cult” had on May 7 killed 56 security operatives – 46 policemen and 10 personnel of the State Security Service – who were part of a team sent to arrest the leader of the group.
Senator Ewuga told newsmen that his decision to tour the affected area was because the incident bordered on a “matter of national relevance”.
The president, Eggon Cultural Development Association (ECDA), Mr Chris Mamman, reiterated his earlier call for a federal government judicial commission of inquiry to unravel the true account of what occurred before and on the ill-fated day.
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