- Schools Shut-down in Lafia and Crisis Prone Area as the Reported Death of Ombatse Chief Priest Spur Skirmishes
Schools in Lafia metropolis and other crisis prone zone were shut down by the state government, The decision was to prevent any eventuality that may lead to the loss of lives, The reported news of the massacred of the chief priest of Ombatse, Baba Alakyo by warriors suspected to be Fulani gunmen spur the fresh violence leading to the loss of scores of lives in Alakyo, Shabu, Akura, part of Akurba, Tudun Buzu, Fadaman Bauna and Lafia, The state capital.
In the early hours of today (Monday) our reporter who visited schools like Al-Iman and Dunama primary school only witness the presence of the Army Hilux Van at the premises, Dunama primary schools has for long been an abode for military on special duty in the state, The Legal Adviser to the outlawed Eggon militia group, Zachary Allumaga in a telephone interview confirmed the raid on Alakyo community and the death of the chief priest of Alakyo.
“I also heard of the killing of Baba but I’m not sure of the report, though I also learn that Fulani mercenaries raided Alakyo in all directions, He further said the rumor going round can spur another round of conflict’’.
The chief priest of Ombatse, It could be recalled is responsible for the mass manslaughter of over 104 security operatives deployed to arrest Baba Alakyo on the 7/5/2013, Apart from the shutting down of schools in the crisis prone zone business activities in Lafia new and Old market were grounded to a halt, As at 9;47 am people were seen running Helter skelter for their life along the busy Shendarm Massallacin Idi site.
It was gathered that the village head of Alakyo alongside the spiritual head were eliminated by people suspected to be Fulani’s, Reliable source from Shabu who pleaded anonymity, said women and children were moved out to a safer place, The Sangarin Shabu at the time of filling this report is at large, All effort to reach Chukwuma, The Police Public Relation Officer proves abortive.
As unconfirmed information unfolded that over 45 people lost their lives, In a related development, The Head of Service, Dominic Bako was shot by unknown gunmen while returning from Keffi,Bako was yesterday admitted at the Dalhatu Special Hospital Lafia, Grapevine shown that people suspected to be Ombatse members attack the HOS, it was learnt that because he was submissive to governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for serving under the APC government.
Is precisely one week yesterday after the killing of the head driver of Nasarawa government House,Abdullahi while travelling alongside his family members to Keana,His Local government of origin when gun men suspected to be Ombatse militia group raided and kill him at the spot,The intermittent killing of people by Ombatse which has political undertone is a deciding factor that the militia group has truncated the chances of Eggon governing the state in 2015.