Ife Crisis: Police Frees 15 Yorubas Detained Over Ife Crises

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The Nigerian Police on Thursday released 15 suspects, who were arrested following the unrest in Ile-Ife, Osun State, where no fewer than 46 people were killed.

About 98 persons sustained various degrees of injuries during the crises.

Next Edition learnt the supects were freed in the evening at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, follwong pressures from leaders of the Yoruba race.

They suspects, who were paraded by the police in Abuja for alleged involvement in the bloody crises were, however, released unconditionally and handed over to one of their counsels, Ropo.

Afenifere chieftain, Yinka Odumakin, confirmed the release but said six persons were still being held by the police.

A bloody clash broke out in Ile-Ife on March 8.
A statement by the police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, had indicated that 20 of 38 suspects were initially arrested for their alleged roles in the mayhem.

While two of the suspects were arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State, two others were picked up in Lagos, the police said.

Mr. Moshood said the violence also “resulted in the loss of innocent lives, destruction of properties worth millions of naira.”

Eighty-one of the injured have since been discharged from the hospital, while 15 were still receiving treatment as at Mondayafternoon, the police said.

Mr. Moshood, a chief superintendent of police, also dismissed reports that police conducted indiscriminate arrest of residents in the ancient Yoruba town, saying officers apprehended suspects based on intelligence gatherings.

“That is why eighteen (18) suspects found not to be involved in the crisis were released unconditionally,” he said.

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