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Police IG Replies Yoruba Groups Over Ile-Ife Arrests

IGP Ibrahim Idris fielding questions from State House correspondents on Friday
IGP Ibrahim Idris fielding questions from State House correspondents on Friday

The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris has disputed claims by some Yoruba groups that the police was bias in its investigation of  the recent clash between Yoruba and Hausa communities in Ile-Ife, Osun  State.

Commenting on the allegation that the arrests made so far with regards to the Ile-Ife crisis were one-sided, IGP Idris said: “Crime has no face, religious or ethnic identity. We don’t look at it from where you come from.

“As long as the Police find you to be wanting after committing a crime, we apply the law.

“For instance in Benue, specifically Zaki-Biam, one militant named Gana has been identified as the main culprit and I have deployed special units there to fish him out,” he said.

Idris spoke to State House reporters after a security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday at the Aso Rock Presidential  Villa.

He also disclosed that President Buhari has ordered the  police and other security agencies to immediately bring to an end the crises that have been witnessed in various parts of the country in recent times.

The Police chief said that the presidential directive was in reaction to the violence witnessed in Ile-Ife, Osun State and Zaki-Biam in Bunue State, where several lives were lost and properties destroyed.

He however pointed out that crises in both states had little or nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, adding that the presidential order will be duly carried out.

“It’s a specific directive to all of us to use the facilities at our disposal to ensure that such incidences are brought under control immediately and I gave the President the assurance that we are going to do that,” the IGP said.

“Some of these crises are dynamic; they have their remote and immediate causes.

“That of Ile-Ife had to do with disagreements between some communities while that of Benue was triggered by a militant who has been on the Police wanted list.

“We are presently collaborating with the State government and traditional rulers in the affected areas to see that he is apprehended and brought to justice,” Idris assured.

Armed men were reported to have opened fire at a market in Zaki-Biam, Benue State, killing more than 40 persons and injuring many others.

Similarly, the clash in Ile-Ife was reportedly between the Yoruba and an Hausa community in the city.

The Police has since paraded a number of suspects who allegedly took part in the violence, saying that they will soon be charged to court.

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