The Federal has put to actions, its promise to apprehend and prosecute those behind the deadly clash between Yoruba and Hausa Fulani in Ile-Ife, Osun State, South West Nigeria.
To this end, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has on Monday, paraded about 38 suspects arrested in connection with the clashes.
This is coming barely 48 Hours after the Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau (rtd), vowed to fish out the perpetrators of the Ile-Ife mayhem.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, who confirmed this in a statement, said covered all the trouble spots and points in Osun State.
Jimoh “recalled that consequent on the unfortunate clashes, disturbance of public peace and mayhem that occurred in Ile-Ife, Osun State on the March 8, 2017, which resulted in the loss of innocent lives, destruction of properties worth Millions of Naira, and the need to put an end to the crisis”.
He said: “The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, deployed Police Special Intervention Force, comprising Five Units of the Police Mobile Force (PMF specially trained Anti-Riot Policemen), Five Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, Conventional Policemen, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Technical Intelligence Unit, SIB, detachment of EOD, Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), with their Headquarters in Ile-Ife, led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“The operations covered the entire Ile-Ife and environs, and other flash/trouble spots in Osun State, and was successfully executed leading to the arrest, detention and investigation of 38 suspects out of which 20 suspects were found culpable for direct and indirect participation in the killing of innocent people, maiming and destruction of properties of the victims worth millions of naira.”
Jimoh said that the suspects “will be prosecuted on completion of investigation, while the remaining18 suspects have been released unconditionally for lack of prima facie evidence against them yet.
The Force PRO stated that on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at about 2010hrs, one Alh. Nasiru Abdul Magaji ‘m’ of no. 50, Sabo Street, Ile-Ife, Osun State reported at Moore Police Station that one Oba Ademola Ademiluyi ‘m, the Lawarikan of Apoje land, one Eluwole Akeem ‘m’ (a.k.a Escort) and Kuburat wife of Eluwole Akeem ‘Escort’ all of Ile-Ife, brought some hoodlums with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons to attack the Hausas resident at Sabo area of Ile Ife over a fight between one Abubakar Mohammed ‘m’ of Sabo and Kuburat the wife of Eluwole Akeem ‘Escort’.
“The affray which arose from an altercation between the said Kuburat and Mohammed, was amicably settled on Monday, March 6, 2017,” he stated.
Jimoh said that based on the report at the Moore Police Station, a case of conduct likely to cause breach of peace was made against the duo of Kuburat and Mohammed and on getting to the scene; the Police team met two groups comprising the Hausas and the Yorubas throwing stones at each other.
He further stated: “The riotous groups were dispersed and calm was restored. The responding Police teams maintained presence at Sabo area of Ile Ife up till the next day. Unexpectedly, on Wednesday 8th March, 2017, the peace of the area was shattered with the eruption of crisis that led to the gruesome killings of 46 people. A total of 96 other persons were taken to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) out of which 81 of them were treated and discharged, while 15 of the victims are still on admission receiving treatment.
“The Special Intervention Force deployed to quell the crisis did not engage in indiscriminate arrests as being reported in some media but worked on actionable intelligence and other information gathered during and after the crisis. And that is why 18 suspects found not to be involved in the crisis were released unconditionally.”
“Traditional rulers, religious leaders, public office holders, politicians, opinion leaders, parents and guardians are hereby called upon to prevail on their subjects, supporters, children and wards to support the personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force still on ground in Ile Ife and other flash points in Osun State in the discharge of their responsibilities, and propagate peace, demonstrate love, and tolerance to promote harmonious coexistence with their brothers and fellow citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic or political inclinations and differences.”
Jimoh also gave assurances of IGP to the people and communities of Ile-Ife and other parts of the state of adequate security and protection of their lives and properties and enjoins them to be law abiding and give a chance for peace to prevail.
The list of the suspects to be prosecuted and those released unconditionally
|S/NO.||NAME OF SUSPECT||DATE ARRESTED||PLACE OF ARREST||EXHIBIT RECOVE-RED||COMMENT||RECOMMENDATION|
|i.||ELUWOLE AKEEM AKA (ESCORT)||16/3/2017||IBADAN OYO STATE||NIL||HUSBAND OF KUBURAT WHOSE REACTION GENERATED THE CRISIS||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|ii.||ELUWOLE KUBURAT||16/3/2017||IBADAN OYO STATE||NIL||THE WOMAN THAT CAUSED THE CRISIS, SHE SLAPPED THE VICTIM FIRST||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|iii.||AYOOLA ABIMBOLA||16/3/2017||LAGOS STATE||NIL||RAN FROM ILE-IFE TO LAGOS TO TAKE REFUGE.||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|iv.||BELLO WAHAB||16/3/2017||LAGOS STATE||NIL||RAN FROM ILE-IFE TO LAGOS TO TAKE REFUGE||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|v.||PROPHET TAIWO FAKUWAJO||13/3/2017||SABO, ILE-IFE||NIL||WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE SHOT DEAD ONE SULEIMAN (DEAD BODY IDENTIFIED)||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|vi.||OBA ADEMOLA ADEMILUYI||8/3/2017||IPETU MODU CLOSE TO IFE||NIL||THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PARK WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE LED THE HOODLUMS TO THE SCENE OF THE CRISIS||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|vii.||ADEMOLA OLAIDE||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|viii.||ADEJUBA DAMILARE||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|ix.||ADEWOYIN SAHEED||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|x.||AKINDOYIN OLAWOLE||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|xi.||AKOBI OLATUNJI||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|xii.||IBRAHIM YINUSA||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|xiii.||IBRAHIM YAHUSA||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NILL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|xiv.||SHEHU NURA||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|xv.||SURAJU MAIJEGA||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|xvi.||INUWA AMINU||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|xvii.||UMAR ISIAKA||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|xviii.||AMINU UMARU||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|xix.||AWOFESONBI ADEWALE||8/3/2017||SCENE OF CRIME||NIL||ASIDE FROM BEING ARRESTED AT THE SCENE, NO FURTHER EVIDENCE OF PARTICIPATION||RELEASED|
|xx.||PETER OMISOPE||11/3/2017||HIS RESIDENCE||NIL||A CRIPPLE ALLEGED TO BE THE POINTER IDENTIFYING THE VICTIMS’ HOUSES AND SHOPS TO BE VANDALISED AND BURNT||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxi.||ADEFISAN ISAAC||11/3/2017||HIS RESIDENCE||NIL||HE WAS IDENTIFIED BY ONE OF THE SUSPECTS BY NAME PETER OMISOPE AS ONE Of THE ASSILANTS||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxii.||ADELEKAN KEHINDE||11/3/2017||AGBEDE CLOSE TO THE SCENE OF CRIME||2 AXES||EVEN THOUGH HE DENIED PARTICIPATING IN THE FIGHT, HE COULD NOT GIVE SATIFACTORY REASON WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH THE AXES FOUND ON HIM||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxiii.||ELUFISAN AKINTOYE||11/3/2017||ARRESTED IN THE SAME ROOM WITH ADELEKAN||SAME AS NO 22 ABOVE||EVEN THOUGH HE DENIED PARTICIPATING IN THE FIGHT, HE COULD NOT GIVE SATIFACTORY REASON WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH THE AXES FOUND ON HIM||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxiv.||OMISANMI ISAAC||11/3/2017||ARRESTED IN THE SAME ROOM WITH ADELEKAN||SAME AS NO 22 ABOVE||WAS ARRESTED IN THE ROOM WHERE THE 2 AXES WERE FOUND.||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxv.||OLANREWAJU DANIEL & SEYI AKINYOMBO||11/3/2017||RESIDENCE||A BAJAJ M/CYCLE||A BAJAJ M/CYCLE RECOVERED FROM HIM BELONGS TO ONE OF THE VICTIMS KILLED IN THE CRISIS||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxvi.||ADEJUBE MONDAY||11/3/2017||RESIDENT||SAME AS NO 24 ABOVE||ARRESTED IN THE SAME ROOM WITH OLANREWAJU||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxvii.||OLANREWAJU ADEBAYO||11/3/2017||ARRESTED AT ILARE||A ROLL OF GOLDEN PENNY SPERGETTI||A ROLL OF GOLDEN PENNY SPERGETTI SUSPECTED TO BE PART OF THE STOLEN ITEM FROM THE SCENE OF CRIME||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxviii.||AKANBI ADEYINKA||11/3/2017||ARRESTED AT ILARE||CONNECTED WITH NO 26 ABOVE||CONNECTED WITH NO 26 ABOVE||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxix.||OBIMAKINDE SAMUEL||11/3/2017||ARRESTED AT AGBEDDE||NIL||WAS FOUND WITH A FRESH CUT ON HIS HEAD SUSPECTED TO HAVE BEEN INFLICTED ON HIM DURING THE CRISIS.||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxx.||ALH. ZAKARIYAU ABDULAYEKINI||11/3/2017||MOORE DIVISION||A KNIFE||ALLEGED TO HAVE LED SOME HOODLUMS TO KILL VICTIMS||TO BE PROSECUTED|
|xxxi.||BAMIDELE ELUSANMI||11/3/2017||ARRESTED AT ILARE||FOOD STUFFS||STOLEN ITEMS FROM THE SCENE OF CRIME FOUND IN HIS POSESSION||TO BE PROSCUTED|