The national president of the Eggon Cultural and Development Association, Mr Chris Mamman, on Tuesday, has shed more light on last week Tuesday’s massacre of security personnel at Alakyo village, in Lafia East Development Area of Nasarawa state, saying that about 270 people lost their lives including members of the outlawed Ombatse militia.
Mamman, who gave the figure during a press conference at the palace of Aran-Eggon, in Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state, lamented that the casualty figure was higher on the part of villagers than the security operatives.
He further explained that with the information at the disposal of the association, the Ombatse group lost 21 of its kinsmen during the ambush and they had since been buried at the village.
Expressing regrets that the bloody outcome of the security operation would have been averted if the state government had applied wisdom, Mamman said members of the Ombatse group were just 10 per cent of Eggon nation and therefore could not be said to be acting on behalf of the Eggon people.
He also reiterated the speculation that has become rife in recent weeks that Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura entered into an agreement with the Eggon people to run for only one term of four years before they voted for him in 2011; a pact he said the governor has not reneged on; either publicly or in secret.