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Ile-Ife Mayhem: FG makes good of its promise as police parade 38 suspects

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…Jude Johnson 

 

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


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