Nasarawa massacre: Director arrested, accused of leaking information to cultists

Still trying to fish out the masterminds
of the massacre of dozens of policemen
and security agents in Alakyo in
Nasarawa State about two weeks ago,
security operatives have arrested a
senior director working with the state
government in connection with the
The officer was alleged to have passed
strategic security information to the
cultists thereby enabling them to
strike with precision on the fateful
Vanguard learnt from a reliable
source that the director, whose name
was given as Mohammed and works at
the office of the Secretary to the State
Government, was privy to most
security decisions taken by the state on
account of his position in the
Findings by Vanguard yesterday
revealed that angry security agents,
who are still peeved over the killings of
their colleagues by the dreaded
Ombatse cult group, swooped on
Mohammed after tracing some vital
information leaked to the group, to his
The suspect, who is believed to be an
Eggon native, where the cult has its
roots and base, was reportedly picked
up from his office to the surprise of his
staff, when the security men
handcuffed and whisked him away in a
commando-like fashion.
Mohammed was initially detained and
questioned by men of the Criminal
Investigation Department in Lafia
before being transferred to Abuja for
further interrogation in connection
with the heinous crime.
A senior official of the Nasarawa State
government, who pleaded anonymity
because he had not been authorised to
speak on the matter, confirmed the
arrest of the director and transfer to
Abuja by security men.
The officer said that the man was
arrested after security agents
established a relationship between
him and the deadly cult group in the
The Inspector General of Police,
Abubakar Mohammed, had on Monday
confirmed the arrest of no fewer than
15 officers and men, who allegedly
connived with the cult group to
massacre the policemen in the state.
The IG said the men were still being
investigated to determine their level
of culpability or otherwise in the
It would be recalled that no fewer
than 96 police officers and men as well
as Department of State Service, DSS,
officials, who had gone to Eggon, about
10 kilometres away from the Nasarawa
State capital, to arrest the leader of
the Ombatse shrine were ambushed
and murdered by the cultists on May
9, 2013.
As at yesterday, the security agencies
were yet to swoop on the cultists, who
are believed to be holed up in the vast
forests in the area, roaring to descend
on any intruder in the community.
The cult group, which had earlier been
outlawed by the Al-Makura
administration, was reportedly
encouraged by some powerful
politicians to continue with its
malevolent activities, hoping to use
them to outsmart their opponents in
the 2015 elections.


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