Ife clash: IGP justification of controversial arrest of only Yoruba suspects raises questions
|Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris|
Idris also said the latest attack was not carried out by Fulani herdsmen.
“We also talked about deployment in Kaduna State , which started some few weeks back and deployment in Ile-Ife , where we have a lot of police officers. Special squads and investigation team are on the ground to conduct investigation on the matter.”
“Yes, a criminal is a criminal but I am asking him, are the criminals only from one side when there are victims from both sides?”
Adebanjo, therefore, asked northerners to speak with the President and the IGP ‘to stop playing with fire.’
“This is not the time for ethnic crisis in this country because we have a lot on our hands. Those of us who are sincere about having peace in the country are worried about this, but it appears that the oppressors are not bothered.
“It is a shame and I am calling on northerners, particularly the good elements among them , to warn these people not to provoke the Yoruba people,” Adebanjo said.
“And in the execution of his duties, one would expect him to be very impartial. He was not appointed as the IG of a section of the country , but IG for the Nigerian nation.”
“Before Buhari came on board, herdsmen had been moving their cattle around different parts of the country without causing problem, but going by the level of destruction they have caused over the last two years, it is as if there is a new agenda to silence anyone who raises a voice against their nefarious activities . Under Buhari , it is a clear case of some animals being more equal than others.”
The National Coordinator of OPC, Gani Adams, has also faulted the IGP over his defense of the arrest of only the Yoruba side in the crisis.
“We are not against the police arresting Yoruba people who were found culpable , but we are saying there should be no bias. If there is no evidence of the Yoruba person that was killed, is the police saying Ile-Ife people also burnt their own houses?”