Police nab 3 kidnappers, rescue 4 victims in Kogi

Police Force headquarters
Abuja has arrested and
paraded 20 suspects it
claimed were responsible for
the clashes which occurred
in Ile-Ife, Osun state on
March 8. The clash claimed
several lives, and properties
worth millions of Naira
were destroyed.
There was however a
moral question on why only
suspects from Yoruba race
where arrested in a crisis
which involved two Yoruba
and Hausa ethnic tribes.
Parading the suspects
before newsmen in Abuja
yesterday, Force spokesman,
CSP Jimoh Moshood said
in order to put an end to
the crisis, the Inspector
General of Police, IGP
Ibrahim Idris, deployed
Police Special Intervention
Force, comprising 5 Units
of the Police Mobile Force,
PMF specially trained antiriot
policemen, 5 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.
CSP Moshood said 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,
they will be prosecuted on
completion of investigation,
while the remaining 18
suspects have been released
unconditionally for lack of
prima facie evidence against
them yet.
Nigwrian Pilot recalls
that On Tuesday, March 7
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,
Police said 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. 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
Unexpectedly, on
Wednesday March 8,
the peace of the area
was shattered with the
eruption of crisis that led
to the gruesome killings
of forty-six (46) people.
A total of ninety-six (96)
other persons were taken
to Obafemi Awolowo
University Teaching
Hospital (OAUTH) out
of which eighty one (81)
of them were treated and
discharged, while fifteen
(15) of the victims are still
on admission receiving
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 eighteen
(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
The Inspector General
of Police hereby assures
the good 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.