‘Juju’ worshipers this week on Tuesday killed 20 Policemen in northern Nigeria .
The state police commissioner, Abayomi Akeremale, who spoke with newsmen on the attack by the deadly militia group popularly known as Ombatse said the policemen were on a mission to raid the shrine.
He said: “We decided at the State Security Council meeting, because of the frequent attacks on churches and mosques by this particular group, who are forcing people to swear an oath at the shrine, that we carry out an operation and arrest the perpetrators for prosecution; less it turns into a religious crisis.
“The people; some called them Ombatse, but they call themselves cultural people; ambushed our men and opened fire”, Mr Akeremale said.
“The policemen were on operation to raid the place and make arrests, particularly of the chief priest, and other leaders, who have been torturing worshipers in churches and mosques to force them to swear an oath of allegiance to Ombatse.
Michael Ada the Nasarawa state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) confirmed that 20 policemen and men of the SSS were killed.
He added that eight patrol vehicles were also burnt.