By Muhammad Ahmad
Zamani Allumaga, the legal adviser of the outlawed Ombatse militia group that killed 85 security operatives in Alakyo village of Nasarawa State, has joined the All Progressives Congress in Nasarawa State.
Mr. Allumaga lost the Nasarawa North senatorial district election on the platform of Labour Party.
Mr. Allumaga was indicted by the Justice Joseph Gbadeyan-led commission of inquiry into the Alakyo killings.
Addressing journalists at the government house shortly after his defection in Lafia, Mr. Allumaga claimed that the Ombatse group was deceived into war by their political leaders for selfish reasons.
Mr. Allumaga alleged that the architects of the Ombatse militia group are now seeking elective positions without thinking about the deaths they caused.
He added that the Ombatse crisis had been a political move targeted at the 2015 general elections and not a tribal agenda as alleged by a section of Eggon leaders.
“The moment our leaders jumped the ship without any explanation for abandoning the government of CPC, the Eggon nation began to have problems because we were deceived that the government is after our lives,” he said.
“We were told that we should not vote Almakura because he is going to kill our people. But to our surprise, those beating the drums of war never cared to seek reconciliation for our people to move forward.”
“Our people were made to suffer by our leaders so that they could reap from the future. But we have realized our mistakes and forgiven Almakura for the state to move forward”.
He promised that the Eggon people will massively vote for APC in the gubernatorial elections and that he will personally withdraw the case instituted by Ombatse group over the white paper of the commission of inquiry into the Alakyo killings against the state government.
The Nasarawa State government white paper, which indicted some indigenes of the state for the Alakyo killings, has been all the government has done in response to the killings of the dozens of police officers and State Security Service agents by the group.
No one has been punished by the federal government of Nigeria or the Nasarawa State government over the 2013 attack.