OPC Flays Govt’s Post-violence Handling of Ife crisis, Console Ooni

The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), has condemned what it termed discriminatory arrests by the police following the ethnic clash between Hausa and indigenes in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

OPC called on the state government to immediately establish a commission of enquiry to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the crisis and fish out those behind it.

Commiserating with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on the violence, OPC said it was antithetical to the monarch’s untiring quest for peace and unity throughout Yoruba land.

In a statement yesterday, Founder and President of the group, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, said that information at his disposal indicated that the 20 suspects arrested and paraded by police were mainly Yoruba.

OPC said it was an insult to the Yoruba traditional institution that a monarch was hurriedly taken from his palace and paraded alongside the suspects, with all of them hurriedly transported to Abuja.

The organisation particularly came down hard on former Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwanso, whom he accused of racing down to Osun State to “stampede Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the Commissioner of Police into this senseless and discriminatory rash of arrests.”

He said: “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.

“The OPC President called for police to fish out all those behind the arson and the killings that engulfed Ile-Ife on March 8.

The traditional monarch has the function to guarantee peace and if there is conflict, he should make peace between the gladiators.

”Now that one party in the crisis has been whisked away as criminals, it leaves no room for settlement and the Ooni of Ife has been denied the right to play his traditional role of peacemaker