Ife crisis: Afenifere prepares legal team to challenge police prosecution of 21 suspects

Some of the suspects paraded by the Nigerian Police

The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has vowed to resist what it termed the undue deployment of federal might, in settling ethnic scores occasioned by the resent clashes between the Hausa community and Yoruba indigenes in Ile Ife.

A press statement by the group’s publicity secretary, Yinka Odumakin, on Wednesday noted that the position of Afenifere followed “the illegal, unconstitutional and sectional parade of 21 Ife indigenes over the recent clashes between the host community and Arewa settlers.”

“As a first step in this regard, we have assembled a powerful team of lawyers to enforce the fundamental human rights of the 21 abducted Yoruba persons,” the Afenifere said.

The group pointed out that the investigation and trial of suspects under the present circumstances should by known law, take place at the scene of the crime.

Afenifere expressed appreciation to the lawyers of Yoruba extraction who had taken up the challenge pro bono.

“The legal team will challenge this subversion of due process while political pressure continues on why two communities would be involved in a fight and only members of one community put on trial by a police whose leadership is of the same ethnic group with the other party in conflict,” Mr. Odumakin said.

“We restate the fact that the Arewa group started the killings in Ile-Ife by killing a Yoruba young man. This is clearly missing in the skewed report by the police.

“We appeal to our people to be calm while we pursue the legal angle to this challenge to our pride as a people as the first step.”

Another pan-Yoruba group, the Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, had earlier condemned the report of the police on the Ife crisis, accusing the police of a lopsided investigation.

The ARG said the police had recreated the Ife clash as an ethic one, while arresting for prosecution only persons from the Yoruba extraction.

It called on the Osun State Government to constitute a commission of enquiry to investigate the matter and unravel the remote causes of the crisis.

The police has, however, denied the allegations, saying it was thorough in its investigation, and its findings were based on facts.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, told PREMIUM TIMES that the report was not biased and those found culpable were those who actually participated in the act of violence during the crisis.

He urged those with misgivings to approach the courts as that was the only appropriate means to declare innocence.


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  • Adekunle Akindude

    I am stunned by this developments Who are these investigators and why are these accused persons being paraded in Abuja? Nigerian Police will never stop amazing me

    • Yusuf Dansofo

      You must be very insane to think you and your people can get away with the killing of any Hausa or Fulani or any Northerner for that matter. Twice very hard before you act so stupidly. The accused will be duly punished even before they are tried-there will be no trail as they will not be there to attend the hearing.

      • Yusuf Dansofo

        ” THINK” very hard before you act stupidly.
        make that “no trial”
        I am so mad at you idiots now.

      • Ayinde

        What arrant nonsense is is guy saying. its never your fault. Wait and see. Because your kitts and kins have been getting away with it does not mean they always will.

  • Nta Ekeng

    Yoruba ronu! I believe the Yorubas ll not repeat their mistake of 2015 in 2019. If you do! Ile-Ife imbroglio wil turn out to be a childish pass time.

    • Lukman Asifat

      Nta,Yoruba will not act without proper thinking.We know where we are going,just keep on looking.

  • realist

    Whose fault, when all the security apparatus in Nigeria are being headed by hausa-fulani. Buhari deliberately did that for the security outfits to always defend their tribe. Many will still say Buhari is disciplined.

  • Es3

    The chickens are beginning to come home to roost?! They started with
    others and it was looking to the naive among us as if it will never come
    to us???!

    When some of us were shouting in 2014/15 before the
    elections, we were called names, now is the time for the majority of our
    Yoruba people who called us names to start reaping what they sowed in

    It is time for them to answer the names, even worse ones than the ones they called us when we dared to see beyond our noses?!!! Now, who is at fault???

    • Yusuf Dansofo

      You do not know what you are talking about.
      The Yoruba will always vote right as long as they get the number two position in govt.
      They fully understand what time of day it is.They cannot shoot straight for the number one position without our cooperation( have you forgotten June 12, 19993 already?).

      • Es3

        You can say that again, even with so much pride as already done here?!

        What else can I say when my Yoruba people always would prefer to go for the crumbs that fall from your (Hausa/Fulani) table, when I/we know that you would have no option than to accept what we decide to give you if only we team up the SS, SE and Middle Belt?!

        Yes, you say that again and again, hoping it will wake our people up someday soon!!!