By Ayo Kehinde
Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko
A group, the Ife Action Council has called on the police to beam their searchlight on alleged criminality of youths identified to be of Modakeke origin whose activities may have led to the death of a business woman and her son on Tuesday May 11, 2021.
Dr. Gbolade Famoriyo, President of the group in a statement signed alongside the Secretary, Prince Lawrence Adewale and Public Relations Officer, Chief J.O Olafare, made the call on the police to avert a crisis between the Modakeke and Ife people.
According to them, “Without mincing words, the deceased persons were allegedly murdered by Modakeke gunmen. Dragging Ifes to the matter was an attempt to conceal the murderers.”
They said the facts as investigated and verified can be independently confirmed by the law enforcement agents and hospital records by interested parties.
The group gave five reasons to back up their claim. According to the, “Ife farmers at Alapata village have been denied access to the farms there, which has been occupied by Modakeke farmers for years till date and the deceased woman was a cocoa merchant and money lender to the Modakeke farmers occupying Ife farms at Alapata village. It was during her attempts to recover her money from her debtors that she was killed along with her son by the hoodlum farmers of Modakeke descent.
“When the news filtered to town, the Modakeke youths, without investigation, erroneously believed that it must have been the Ifes. Consequently, they got themselves heavily armed, bombarded Ife villages like Toro, Alapata, Ojuade, Aba Paanu, etc, shooting sporadically, killing and maiming innocent lives.
In the process, they murdered: Mr and Mrs Idowu (Ife origin) at Oyere, Mr Sunday (a.k.a “Oko Lere Agbe”) (Ife origin) at Aba Paanu, Madam “Iya Eve” (An Igbo woman) at Ojuade and a lot. These are the discovered corpses, others are still missing.”, they said in their statement.
They appealed to the police ” to do the needful by bringing to book the perpetrators of this devilish act,” before things turn from bad to worse.