46 killed in Ile-Ife clash – Police

by Dolapo Adelana

The Police on Monday said 46 people were killed in the recent clash that occurred in Ile-Ife, Osun.

The spokesman of the Police, Jimoh Moshood who briefed the press said at least 96 persons were taken to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) for treatment.

The police also paraded twenty suspects it alleged to have participated in the crisis.

“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 thirty eight (38) suspects out of which Twenty (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 eighteen (18) suspects have been released unconditionally for lack of prima facie evidence against them yet.”

He dismissed reports that the Police engaged in indiscriminate arrest of persons.

Moshood said, “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.”

He added that the Inspector General of Police “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.”

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