Our Time Has Come: Cult Politics and Violence in Central Nigeria (Part II)

by ptinti


On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, approximately 100 Nigerian security operatives, including members of elite combat units and intelligence officers, approached the remote village of Alakyo. By the next day, almost all of them were dead. This is Part II in a series of articles about Ombatse, the “cult” that stands accused of kidnapping, forcibly converting, and killing hundreds of people in Nigeria.

If you are new to this story, please read Part I of this series, which can be found here.

The snake causes the trouble, but the ground receives the beating. – Alago proverb

ASSAKIO, Nigeria — At the start of my investigation into Ombatse, a violent “cult” that stands accused of killing, kidnapping and forcibly converting people in central Nigeria, few who knew anything about the group were willing to talk to me. In fact, the only thing I could confirm, through an ethnic Eggon friend of a friend, was that Ombatse did indeed mean, “our time has come” in the Eggon…

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