After about two weeks of the deadly communal clash involving the Hausa people and the Yoruba in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has finally revealed that 46 people lost their lives in the clash.
This was made known by the police Public Relations Officer (PRO), CSP Jimoh Moshood, during a press briefing in Abuja on Monday.
According to the police PRO, the March 8 clash, saw the two warring sides use knives and axes against each other, leading to killings of the victims.
While parading 20 people who are among others arrested in connection with the clash, Moshood said that about 96 people were taken to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital for treatment as a result of the clash.
“The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, deployed Police Special Intervention Force, comprising five units of the Police Mobile Force, five Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, Conventional Policemen, Special Anti -Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Technical Intelligence Unit, SIB, detachment of EOD and Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), with their Headquarters in Ile-Ife, led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
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“The operation 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 38 suspects out of which 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. The remaining 18 suspects have been released unconditionally for lack of prima facie evidence against them,” Moshood said.
Among the 20 suspects paraded by the police include Adelekan Kehinde, Elufisan Akintoye, Omisanmi Isaac, Olarewaju Daniel, Seyi Akinyombo, Adejube Monday, Olarewaju Adebayo, Akanbi Adeyinka, Obimakinde Samuel, Alhaji Zakariyau Abdulyekini.
Initial reports put the number of casualties resulting from the clash at five, seven and 10, before the police finally came up with 46 as the casualty number.
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