Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in his reaction to the arrest of 20 Yoruba in connection to the recent crisis in Ile-Ife, Osun State, that led to the death of over 40 people, said that; “it appears that the police has so far demonstrated ethnic bias in its investigation and this is not good for the unity of Nigeria and its people.”
According to the governor who condemned the killing of innocent people and destruction of properties, he noted that; “whether committed by Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa or any tribe, crime is crime and it must be treated as such. However, handling of crime must be without ethnic bias.”
He however added that it was strange that; “In a clash involving the people of Ile-Ife, who are Yoruba and Hausa, who are settlers in the ancient town, only Yoruba were arrested, taken to Abuja and paraded before the press.”
Governor Fayose expressed his concern that the same police who promptly intervened in the Ile-Ife crisis and arrested 20 yoruba could not yet arrest and parade any Fulani herdsmen that have wasted and still wasting lives of thousands across Nigeria.
“If there was a clash between Yoruba people and Hausas in Ile-Ife, are the police now saying that only the Yoruba took part in the crisis?
“Both Yoruba and Hausa were attacked. Properties belonging to both Yorubas and Hausas were destroyed. Are the police sayings that those 20 Yorubas that they paraded in Abuja were the ones who attacked the Yoruba people that were also victims of the crisis and destroyed those houses belonging to the indigenes of Ile-Ife that were destroyed?
“In my own opinion, the investigation so far conducted by the police was done with ethnic bias and I demand for thorough investigation that is devoid of ethnic sentiments.
“Also, to prevent future reoccurrence of such crisis, I call on the Osun State Government to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the crisis, as well as identify the masterminds of the crisis.
“Most importantly, security agencies in the country must treat all crimes as the same, irrespective of those perpetrating them. As it appears, crimes committed by Fulani herdsmen against other Nigerians are not being treated as crimes that should be given attention by the security agencies and this is worrisome.”