“THEY killed our husbands yoyoyo, and then say na work ooo, yoyoyo!!! One million naira is not our problem! Allah yayisa (meaning God will punish them!) What we are saying is that the government should give employment to widows and the children.”
These were the words that rented the air at the Nasarawa State Police
Headquarters, on Monday, when the widows of the slain police officers
killed by the outlawed Ombatse militia boys at Alakyo village in Lafia
East Development Area of the state last week Tuesday, visited the
command to receive the donation of N1 million each from the state
The event, which almost turned awry when the widows started casting
aspersion on the state government and police authorities for playing
politics with the death of their spouses, witnessed another protest
during which the widows vowed to continue blocking the federal highway
in Akwanga even after five days until the entitlements of their spouses
were fully paid.
In their separate reactions, Mrs Mary Levis and Fatima Monday,
lamented that Nasarawa had not been battling with the Boko Haram
insurgency, wondering why a large number of the officers would be
deployed to that environment.
It took the intervention of Police Force Welfare Officer, Deputy
Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mrs Abiodun Ige, to calm the women down by
appealing to them to put their trust in God, “as He is the only one who
could console them.” She assured them that necessary action had already
been taken at the Force Headquarters to see to their welfare and the
entitlements of their late husbands.
Mrs. Ige, who supervised the disbursement of the money to the widows,
also assured them that the Police would follow the same procedure in
paying their husbands’ entitlements without encountering any difficulty.
Earlier, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP), Zone 4,
Makurdi, Mr Michael Zuokumor, who announced the arrival of the new
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Shehu, said the donation from the state
government came in form of help to ameliorate their immediate needs, as
their husbands’ entitlements would be given to them without any further
He further assured them that the life insurance would also be
provided with a view to assisting the children of the late officers.
AIG Zuokumor, who had temporarily relocated to Lafia, the state
capital, to coordinate the operations lamented that Ombatse militia
group is a devil which all peace-loving people must join hands to flush
out of the society.
Also speaking, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Hajia
Zainab Abdulmunini, who represented Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to
present N1 million cheques to the widows, condemned in strong term the
wanton killings of the security personnel who were trained to protect
lives and properties.
She added that since the incident happened, the governor and the
entire members of his cabinet had been having sleepless nights, while
the governor had since been shuttling between Lafia and Abuja, to ensure
that those behind the killings faced the full wrath of the law.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the widows of late
Momoh and Zing received N3 million and N1.5 million respectively.
Momoh led the operation during which they were killed.
Nasarawa killings: Prisons service officer, woman, 2 others arrested
The state police command has arrested four persons in connection with the killings.
Nigerian Tribune investigations revealed that four persons arrested
were one inspector (name withheld), an Eggon by tribe working with the
state command of the prisons service, a middle-aged woman suspected to
be cooking for the group at the village and two serving policemen, also
Eggon by tribe.
Informed police source told the Nigerian Tribune that the four
suspects were currently at the state Criminal Investigation Department
(CID) helping the police in their investigations.
Impeccable source further told the Nigerian Tribune that about 20
rifles and seven magazines were recovered from the scene of the
incident, on Monday, while the ammunition were taken away by the members
of the militia group.
Investigations also revealed that the directive of the Inspector
General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, that the elite in the state,
particularly Eggons, should fish out the perpetrators had been yielding
results, as members of the group were said to have agreed to release
all the rifles in their possession to the owners.
It was gathered that the militias had warned the Red Cross and
Nasarawa State Emergency Management Authority (NASEMA) team not to come
with any security operative when coming for the evacuation of other
corpses. “Who dare goes to the lion den. These boys are still armed.
Maybe their sponsors have told them to return the guns, but the
ammunition and some magazines are still with them,” the source added.
FG begins probe of killings
Government has commenced a full-fledged probe of last week’s killing of
security operatives by members of the Ombatse cult group in Nasarawa.
Investigations by the Nigerian Tribune confirmed that top security
agencies, including the police and the Directorate of State Security
(DSS), had been mandated to get to the roots of the killings by a
The president had, last week Friday, met with the top brass of
security chiefs, during which the situation in Nasarawa was analysed.
Sources in Abuja told the Nigerian Tribune that the government had
got wind of the different dimensions to the crisis, including a claim
that some politicians actually used the group to their advantage in the
It was learnt that the security agencies were examining all sides to
the issue, with a view towards preparing a full report for the
A source within the administration said that the state commissioner
of police probably embarked on the operation with a view to briefing the
“The initial reports before the government indicates that the CP did
not get order from the Force Headquarters, while the State Director of
Security Services also did not get the go ahead from Abuja before the
operation. I can confirm to you that the duo has been questioned,” a
The source said that the police and SSS were already checking what
actually went wrong and why it appeared that the operation was
considered a local affair.
“The security team probing the incident is asking questions as to why
the heavy deployment of security men was undertaken. Was it to stop a
forceful initiation or destroy the shrine? The shrine is well known to
them because the police had invaded the area before. I think the
cultists were determined to prevent a second raid of their shrine,”
another source told the Nigerian Tribune.
A source further said “it appears to the government that the top
security operatives in the state handled the matter believing that it
was one operation they could handle and latter send report to the
A source also said that the cultists apparently charmed the security operatives before killing them.