Arraignment of Ife Violence Suspects Postponed

The arraignment of six suspects including Oba Ademola Ademulyi, Akeem Eluwole and four others arrested in connection with the clash between the Yoruba and Hausa community in Ile-Ife which was supposed to come up today, has been postponed.

They suspects were expected to appear before Justice Kudirat Akano but the arraignment was postponed till tomorrow, April 26 because the consent of the court was not taken before bringing the suspects to court.

The suspects were brought to court today and everything was set in place but the consent of the court had not been taken which necessitated the postponement.

Six suspects including Oba Ademulyi, Akeem Eluwole the husband of the principal suspect Kuburat Eluwole and four others were sighted at the police headquarters on Monday morning.

They arrived Osogbo late Sunday night and they were all allowed access to their counsels and medical doctors but the police are yet to decide on the next line of action.

One of the counsels to the suspects, Barrister Posi Omisakin confirmed that they are already in the State of Osun but he could not predict the next action of the police when he was contacted yesterday.

However, the only woman arrested in connection to the crisis which was alleged to be the principal actor, Kuburat Eluwole is still at the force headquarters in Abuja. The reason for her retention could not be confirmed at the time of filing this report.

Osun Defender’s efforts to confirm details from the State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye were unsuccessful as the command was still battling with the death of the former State Governor, Senator Isiaka Adeleleke on Monday.

The police source however confirmed that all other suspects arrested have been granted administrative bail remaining only Kuburat Eluwole in Abuja while the six others are already in Osun.

Ife Violence: OPC Gives FG, Nigerian Police 48 Hours for Hausa Suspects

The Oodua People’s Congress, has given the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police Force 48 hours to arrest the Fulani/Hausa persons involved in the crisis in Ile-Ife, Osun State, which resulted in the death of about 46 persons.

This follows a statement by another pan-Yoruba group, The Afenifere Renewal Group, condemning the complete absence of any Hausa suspect in a crisis that was reportedly sparked by their dealings with another resident of the ancient Yoruba town.

The OPC gave the warning in a statement by its founder, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, on Thursday. It said, “We hereby call on the Federal Government to intervene within the next 48 hours to ensure that justice is institutionalised and no side is provoked to defend justice according to its whims and caprices. Various communities have Abraham as their father. A word is enough for the wise…

“The police and the Federal Government appear determined to make scapegoats of Yoruba living in Ife over this crisis. It is unfortunate, strange and insensitive that two people are fighting and authorities are arresting only one party in this unfortunate mayhem.

“We sympathise with all victims and casualties over this moment of madness that has eroded two centuries of harmonious cohabitation between the Hausa settlers and their Yoruba hosts. But we demand equal treatment of everyone involved on both sides of this crisis.”

“Kwankwanso’s post-violence role in Ife is akin to that played by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari who in October 2000 travelled to Ibadan to challenge the late governor Lam Adesina over the reprisal on Fulani herdsmen who had unleashed an orgy of raping and killings on Yoruba farming communities.

“This kind of bias will only embolden belligerent Hausa-Fulani throughout Nigeria and give them pariah status amongst other nationalities,” the OPC warned.

Ife Violence: Afenifere Mobilises 100 Lawyers to Defend Suspects

Following up on condemning the police’s arrest of Yoruba indigenes on the recent ethnic clash in Ile Ife, Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has said it will mobilise about 100 lawyers to defend the 20 indigenes of Ile-Ife, who were arrested and transferred to Abuja.

Earlier on Monday, The pan-Yoruba group had faulted the fact that no Hausa/Fulani suspect was included among the suspects involved in the Ile- Ife violence. All 20 suspects, are Yoruba people, including a traditional ruler, Oba Ademola Ademiluyi, the Lawarikan of Apojeland, were paraded in Abuja at The Police Force Headquarters.

Afenifere said it objected seriously to the parade of the “so-called suspects in Abuja that is hundreds of miles away from the scene of the conflict “We reject the one-eyed Magistrate that the police have become in this matter and which is as a result of the ethnic composition of the police presently”.

In a new statement released by the group, Afenifere said it would resist the undue deployment of federal troops in the South-West to settle ethnic scores. “Following the illegal, unconstitutional and sectional parade of 20 Ife indigenes over the recent clashes between the host community and Arewa settlers, Afenifere has vowed to resist the undue deployment of federal might to settle ethnic scores.

“As a first step in this regard, we have assembled a powerful team of lawyers to enforce the fundamental human rights of the 20 abducted Yoruba persons.

“It is a settled law that the investigation and trial of suspects must take place at the scene of the crime. We are appreciative of the many lawyers of Yoruba extraction who have taken up this challenge pro bono.

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

“We restate the fact that the Arewa group started the killings in 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.”

Ile-Ife riot: Afenifere Kicks as Police Parade 20 Suspects in Abuja

The pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, on Monday, faulted the fact that no Hausa/Fulani suspect was included among the suspects involved in the Ile- Ife violence. All 20 suspects, are Yoruba people, including a traditional ruler, Oba Ademola Ademiluyi, the Lawarikan of Apojeland, were paraded in Abuja at The Police Force Headquarters.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said 38 suspects were earlier arrested, detained and investigated, out of which 18 persons, who were not involved in the violence, were released. The Police also denied targeting any ethnic group, claiming that all suspects were apprehended based on investigations.

There was no explanation however about why none of the Hausa traders, who allegedly started the fracas and killed some residents, were not among the suspects in the violence that reportedly claimed 46 lives and injured over 90 residents, some of who are still hospitalised.

The police spokesman explained that one Kuburat Eluwole triggered the violence when she allegedly slapped one Abubakar Mohammed in the course of an argument. Her husband then reportedly had thugs attack Hausa residents in the area.

Faulting the police, Afenifere said it objected seriously to the parade of the “so-called suspects in Abuja that is hundreds of miles away from the scene of the conflict.

“The Abuja show is undue sectional deployment of federal might to intimidate and harass a party in the conflict. It is direct fallout of the threat of the Interior Minister (Abdulrahaman Danbazzau) after he visited Ife.

“The minister is not on record to have visited any scene of conflict where Fulani herdsmen have inflicted ‘massacres’ on their host communities in the Southern and Middle Belt communities since he was appointed.

“The Ife crisis was sparked by the beheading of a Yoruba vulcaniser and the subsequent parade of his severed head on a pole. How come there is no member of the Arewa community paraded by the police?

“We reject the one-eyed Magistrate that the police have become in this matter and which is as a result of the ethnic composition of the police presently.

“We demand the immediate transfer of the suspects to Osun state. We will resist this ethnic vengeance through the police except we see arrests of the Fulani aggressors in the Ife conflict.”