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The commission of inquiry set up to look into the Alakyo killings of

May 7, 2013,  and other related matters has indicted Senator Solomon

Ewuga on the grounds of being one of the financiers of the Ombatse and

for giving false evidence on oat before the commission.

His actions are punishable under Section 158(1) of the Penal Code Law,

as applicable in Nasarawa State.

Excerpts from the report of the commission made available to newsmen

in  Lafia yesterday states that 74 security personnel, comprising 64

policemen and 10 personnel of the Department of the State Services

were killed  by the Ombatse militia group at Alakyo Village on May 7,

2013.

The report further stated that it was not any spiritual force that

caused the death of the security officials as evidence revealed that

the Ombatse militias used firearms, cudgels,  cutlasses and other

lethal weapons in killing and injuring the affected personnel who were

on lawful duty at Alakyo.

The commission?s report further said that a combination of factors

were responsible for the spread of communal violence in the state,

some of which include ethnic rivalry to achieve political dominance;

youth restiveness due to non-profitable engagement such as the high

unemployment rate;  manipulation of the youth by the political elite

to achieve personal political objectives, and mutual ethnic suspicion

and antagonism.

The document stated that the Ombatse group had been deeply involved in

all communal clashes in the state and that there is a definite

political dimension to Ombatse militancy.

It also noted the Fulani herdsmen had also been involved in the crises

that have engulfed the state.

There is hardly any political dimension to the militant activities of

the pastoralists?.

The federal government was not however spared by the report when it

reported that ?the Federal Government unemphatic concern over the

Alakyo killings even when its agents were the victims has not helped

in the containment of violence in the State. The Federal Government?s

attitude has given room for tendencious  interpretations, largely of a

political nature?.

The Commission notes also condemned the role played by the ?Eggon

Traditional Council and its elders in the tacit support of the

activities of the outlawed Ombatse group? noting that ?the Commission

would have recommended the outright sanction of the council, but

however ?strongly recommends the formal admonition and reprimand of

the Council and its elders in the interim, for their moral failure to

call the Ombatse and such affiliated Eggon groups to order when they

exceeded the bounds of reason?.

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