In a statement issued in Lagos
yesterday, Fasehun said that
the IG just confirmed that only
Yoruba were arrested in a conflict
between Yoruba and Hausa-
Fulani people; that is prejudicial
and that is unacceptable.
Fasehun said: “Idris is a
man with an agenda. He has
shown himself a bigot. And he
is unfit to be the IG of Police in
a cosmopolitan and pluralistic
country like Nigeria. Before he
smears President Muhammadu
Buhari, the President should
offload him.”
In the backlash of criticism
from Yoruba leaders following
the parade of 20 suspects,
including a Yoruba monarch,
Idris last week said after a
meeting with the President at
Aso Rock, Abuja, that crime had
no tribe.
According to Fasehun, for the
Police IG to have made such a
statement was “an admission
of tribalism, unbefitting of the
exalted position of the Inspector-
General of the Nigerian Police. It
is a confirmation that the Police
under Mr. Ibrahim Idris took the
prejudicial step to arrest only
Yoruba people although the
crisis pitched two tribes against
each other.
The OPC leader said that by
Idris statement, it was clear that
the IG had taken sides; and that
contrary to hits training and oath
of office had foreclosed an open
case between two conflicting
groups.
“The IG has admitted that only
Yoruba suspects were arrested
and that it was deliberate. It is
a clear case of prejudice,” he
emphasised.
He called for the immediate
freeing of the Ife-20, saying,
their amnesty followed neither
due process nor the first on the
ground.
According to the OPC leader, it
was clear that such a prejudicial
stance by security agents like the
IG had given Fulani herdsmen
the effrontery to inflict violence
and death on communities
throughout Nigeria.
Fasehun said: “Is there any
wonder why under Idris’s
watch, the Police has been
unable to apprehend, prosecute
and check the mayhem inflicted
by Fulani herdsmen at Agatu
in Benue State, where they
have sacked communities and
continue to graze their cattle
with impunity, in Delta State,
in Ekiti State, Ogun State,
Nasarawa State, Benue State, in
Plateau State and in Southern
Kaduna?
“Despite the havoc being
unleashed and continued
against citizens in Southern
Kaduna, the Police under Idris
has been unable to apprehend
and prosecute a single culprit.
“He is a promoter of ethnic
cleansing. He is a man on an evil
mission.”
The OPC leader pointed out
that only in cases where victims
put up resistance that the Police

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would swing into action, and arrest
people defending their homes and
farms against Fulani herdsmen.
“Everywhere communities rise
up to resist his Hausa-Fulani agents
of death, Idris would quickly rise
up to arrest citizens for daring to
protect themselves.
“It happened in the Mile 12
Lagos crisis in 2016, when police
from a part of the country provided
backup for Hausa-Fulani arsonists
and killers and apprehended
citizens protecting their children,
businesses and properties from
destruction and death.
“It happened March 2016
when 76 residents of Ugwuneshi
autonomous communities in the
Awgu Local Government Area
of Enugu State, were arrested in
their quest to rescue their captured
women from Fulani herdsmen.”
He accused the Police IG
of looking the other way and
allowing Fulani herdsmen to roam
the country bearing sophisticated
firearms like the AK47.
Fasehun pointed out that such
prejudicial posturing would
mislead the Presidency.
“One must be worried that
people like Alhaji Idris influence
the quality of counsel that dictates
President Buhari’s security
policies,” the OPC President said.
“Nothing good can come from
them; which is why Nigeria finds
it difficult to loosen this grip of
general insecurity.”
He condemned as unhealthy
a situation where security
apparatuses were concentrated
in the hands of a section of the
country, saying, it was contrary to
Section 14(3) of the Constitution,
which dictates Federal Character
in appointments.
Don’t give ethnic coloration to
Ile-ife crisis – ACF
Mouthpiece of Northern Nigeria,
Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF
has appealed to Yoruba elders

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to in the interest of national
unity restrain from giving ethnic
coloration to the unfortunate crisis
that erupted in Ile-ife, Osun State
recently.
ACF said, described the clash
between some Yoruba and Hausa
traders as criminality, which it
said does not know ethnicity or
religion.
The Northern socio-cultural
group in a statement by its Publicity
Secretary, Muhammadu Ibrahim
noted with dismay, accusations by
some Yoruba leaders that the Police
report on the clash was biased, as
the suspects paraded by the police
were alleged to be mainly Yoruba.
It therefore cautioned that,
disagreement between individuals
or groups of persons that are
regarded as ethnic or religious
tend to deepen hatred and division
among Nigerians, therefore, elders
known for their wisdom in settling
disputes should not fan embers of
divisions among their followers.
According to the statement,
“after the unfortunate clash that
happened two weeks ago at Ile-
Ife, Osun State between some
Yoruba and Hausa traders, Arewa
Consultative Forum, ACF in our
reaction condemned the killings

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and called on all and sundry
involved to eschew bitterness and
imbibe the spirit of accommodation
and tolerance.
“ACF commended the prompt
action taken by the Security
Agencies, the Osun State
Government and Community
leaders to restore peace and
normalcy in Ile-Ife.
“ACF also called on the various
communities that have lived
together in peace and harmony
over the years to always exercise
restraints in their utterances on
such sensitive issues that might
snowball into crises with reprisal
consequences. Our position was
widely published in both print and
electronic media.
“Unfortunately, subsequent
events after the preliminary
investigation report of the Police
into the Ile-Ife crisis, there have
been accusations by some Yoruba
leaders that the Police report was
biased, as the suspects paraded
by the police were alleged to be
mainly Yoruba.
“ACF’s position in this regard is
to appeal to the respected Elders
of Yoruba not to give unnecessary
ethnic coloration to the unfortunate
Ile-Ife clash as criminality knows
no ethnicity or religion.
“Any slightest disagreement
between individuals or groups of
persons that are regarded as ethnic
or religious tend to deepen hatred
and division among Nigerians.
Elders are known for their wisdom
in settling disputes and not to fan
embers of divisions among their
followers.
“ACF therefore, once more calls
for restraints among the various
community leaders and urge them
to document their grievances and
channel same through our known
legal process of addressing such
grievances, rather than making
provocative and inciting statement
capable of creating disunity”, the
statement read.

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