Claim Of Ethnic Slant Taints Police Arrest In Ile-Ife

The Nigeria Police are alleged to have arrested mainly people of Yoruba ethnic stock for the recent killing and wanton destruction of properties in Ile-Ife. Among the 20 people linked to the mayhem and paraded by the Police was a traditional ruler, Oba Ademola Ademiluyi, the Lawarikan of Apojeland. The monarch died being involved in the unrest. At least, 46 people reportedly died in the fight between some Hausa and Yoruba people in the town.

Yinka Odumakin, spokesman for Yoruba ethnic group, Afenifere, the arrest showed “undue sectional deployment of federal might.”

But the police denied the ethic angle attributed to the arrest. Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, said “It (the arrest) is not a one-sided thing; suspects from different backgrounds were arrested and some of them were released when investigations showed that they had nothing to do with the violence.

“To be specific, 38 suspects from various backgrounds and ethnic groups were arrested, but 20 of them, who were found culpable for direct and indirect participation in the killing of innocent people were detained and they would be prosecuted.”

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