Police still searching for killers of 45 officers in Nasarawa

Two months and five days after, the Police High Command is yet to find killers of 45 of its own in Eggon, Nasarawa State, in the North Central zone of Nigeria by an alleged Ombatse cult group.

Checks revealed that the only suspect in police custody, though remotely linked to the killings, remains the police corporal, who allegedly served as an informant to the dreaded cult group.

Police authority has since put him on orderly room trial and he is on the verge of dismissal from the Force.

Further checks also revealed that all efforts by both Department of State Service (DSS), whose officers and men were also killed by the cult group and police authority, are still looking for the actual killers of the security personnel.

A top police officer, who disclosed this to our correspondent in a telephone interview, added that a grand political twist has been introduced into the incident.

He said: “High level politics has been introduced into the whole incident and this has made it very difficult for us to operate.

“Any lead we get and about to pursue is usually greeted with queries, “ like what is your problem, why do you want to heat up the polity further.”

It would be recalled that the Police High Command in Abuja and DSS earlier admitted that there was operational tactics failure on the side of the two security agencies, which contributed to killing of it officers and men in Nasarawa State by an alleged cult group, Ombatse.

The two agencies also blamed laxity on their part for the death of the 46 policemen and 10 DSS operatives killed by the Ombatse cult.

Earlier speaking separately, at the Joint Security Information Forum on Wednesday in Abuja, Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, and his DSS counterpart, Marilyn Ogar, disclosed that some policemen and DSS operatives were ordered to prevent a security breach observed, not knowing that the operation would be bloody, since the report available to both agencies did not put the Ombatse cult in the same category of the Boko Haram terrorists group that attacked Baga and Bama.

Ogar said if they had known that the situation would be that bloody, “we would have had the military back-up.

“But, we never thought there would be such a disaster, otherwise we would have gone there with the military back up, but there was no military back up.

“We (DSS) sent 10 personnel and all of them were killed, four corpses have been released for burial.”

Mba, who said the police have recovered 32 bodies, appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the security operatives, who have vowed not only to bring the culprits to book but to ensure such an incident is not repeated in the country again.

According to him, “we must admit here that Nigeria is passing through one of the most periods in terms of security “noting that insecurity of lives and property was not restricted to Nigeria”.

“We would not abdicate our responsibilities. Nigeria must also rise up, to take up action and provide support to security agencies”.

Mba accused the human rights community of turning a blind eye to the mass killing of police and wondered why they have been silent since the unfortunate incident, unlike how they quickly responded in the Baga killings.

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