The police have confirmed the resurgence of “Ombatse’’, a deadly cult group which killed more than 90 security officers in 2013.
The Cultists wreaked havoc on Alakyo village in Nasarrawa state on May 7, 2013 and killed the security operatives who were on a mission to enforce peace in the area.
The Nasarawa State Police Commissioner, Mr. Abubakar Bello, on Wednesday in Lafia, raised the alarm that the command had information about the renewed activities of the cult group.
“We are aware of some of the recent activities as well as threats to attacks some villages,’’ the police boss said.
“Since we got wind of the resurgence of the group, heads of all the security agencies have been meeting and brainstorming over the issue.
“We have met with stakeholders and senior citizens of the Eggon people to inform them about our finding and they expressed shock and dissociated the Eggon ethnic nationality from the activity of the group,” Bello said.
According to Bello, the Eggon elders have expressed their readiness to partner with security agencies towards nipping the menace in the bud.
He said a meeting had been arranged with the Traditional Ruler, Dr. Bala Angbazo ‘Aren Eggon’ to address the issue.
A lawmaker, Mohammed Muluku (PDP/ Nasarawa Eggon East) had raised alarm over the resurgence of the cult group during plenary on Aug. 8.
Bello also announced the arrest of eight armed robbery suspects and two cattle rustlers between August 6 and August 9 in the state.
He explained that the cattle rustlers were suspected to have stolen some cows from the Nagari farms belonging to Senator Abdullahi Adamu, former governor of the state.
The commissioner of police called for the support of all citizens of the state to curb crime in the area.
No one has been prosecuted over the mass killing of the security operatives.