Only 17 out of the 90 Police officers, excluding other security officers, who were on a mission to arrest the chief priest of Ombatse Shrine, located at Assakyo village, about 10 kilometres from Lafia, Nasarawa State has returned so far, and not even in one piece, as they sustained various degrees of injuries, the State Police Command has disclosed.
Ombatse in Eggon language literally means “time has come”.
40 dead bodies of the missing policemen had been recovered from the forests.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and the Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam have condemned the killing of the policemen and officials of the Department of State Security, DSS, saying the action was not only unacceptable but also “revolting.”
Reacting to the killings, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar yesterday said that the killing with impunity of officers and other members of the rank and file of the force in parts of the country, had reached intolerable stage. He boasted that the reign of terror would be brought to an end henceforth.
Abubakar who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mbah in Abuja said, “We must put an end to this endless circle of impunity. Enough is enough.”
He therefore ordered policemen throughout the country to wear black arm bands for a period of one week in honour of their colleagues killed in recent days in Bayelsa, Borno and Nasarawa states, and in other places they might have been killed.
The Department of State Security, DSS, also said it had deployed a search and rescue team to determine the number of its officers involved.