Ile-Ife Crisis: Rights group condemns Buhari, Aregbesola, Police over one-sided arrests

Posted by News Express | 24 March 2017 | 1,662 times

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•CSCEOS Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman.

A civil rights group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari, Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) led by IGP Ibrahim Kpotum Idris over what it believes to be one-sided arrest of only Yoruba people, including two monarchs, in the aftermath of the conflict between Yorubas and Hausas in Ile-Ife.

The group accused President Buhari of pursuing Hausa/Fulani agenda since inception of this administration on May 29, 2015.

“The group strongly rejects the action of the Nigeria Police for parading 20 Yoruba persons in Abuja on Monday for allegedly masterminding the crisis and leaving Hausa people that beheaded a Vulcanizer and as well killed other Yoruba people during the fracas. The security operatives were biased in the conduct of their investigation of the crisis,” the group said, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of “innocent residents from Police custody.”

It alleged the state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola “was playing politics with the lives of Osun indigenes by failing to condemn the one-sided arrest of the innocent Ile-Ife citizens by the security agents as Chief Security Officer of the State, because President Buhari who happened to be his party leader in the country, is from Hausa/Fulani ethnic group.”

CSCEOS Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, faulted the security operatives “for their bias and unfairness in the arrest of innocent residents.

“Yoruba race would not take this action lightly with President Buhari controlling the Nigeria Police Force to clampdown on Yoruba people as they did during the June 12 Presidential election annulment saga where many innocent Yoruba leaders were killed unjustly,” he said, while calling on Yoruba leaders and groups to rise up against “this injustice of the highest order.  He described the actions of security operative as unacceptable, barbaric, unfair, satanic, evil, ungodly and crime against humanity and God, urging the Police to live above board in dealing with a situation of this nature by not engaging in action that might trigger another crisis.

Source: News Express

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