Ife mayhem: Afenifere blames police for suspects’ arraignment

Afenifere, the Pan Yoruba Socio-Political group yesterday accused the police of violating the nation’s constitution by arraigning suspects allegedly involved in the Ile-Ife, Osun State mayhem which occurred between the Yoruba and the Hausa communities at a Federal High Court, Abuja.

The Spokesperson of the mainstream Yoruba organization, Mr Yinka Odumakin said it was only the High Court in Osun State that had the power under the Nigeria’s constitution to try any case relating to disputes between communities and not the High Court.

Addressing reporters after the end of a meeting held in the house of the leader of the organisation, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Afenifere frowned at the way the police had handled investigation, arrest and proposed prosecution of the suspects arrested by the police.

Flanked by other leaders of Afenifere including Chief Korede Duyile and Dr Akin Onigbinde, the Afenifere spokesperson also announced the setting up of a seven-man panel to tour the southwest states to collate the destruction done to the farmlands in the zone.

Odumakin, who flayed the police for the alleged one-side arrest and investigation of the mayhem, commended the Osun State government for setting up a panel of inquiry to investigate the crisis.

Among the leaders in the meeting were Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Chiefs Femi Aluko, Olu Falae, Supo Sonibare, Kole Omololu among others.

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