….One died as rights group calls for investigation
The men of Nigeria police Force (NPF) in collaboration with the community
thugs have been alleged to invade the ancient town of Ihunbo in Ipokia
local government area of Ogun State penultimate Friday night with the aim
of attacking all the perceived enemies of one Mr. Joseph Olamide Adesiyan
with and the alleged perceived enemies
comprise of over 90 percent of the youths of the community.
It was gathered that during the onslaught which began on the mid-night of Friday 22nd of May,2020, the alleged thugs under the protection of Policemen coordinated by one Abiodun Kolawole Akanni, an Assistant Superintendent of
Police(ASP) working directly with the State Commissioner of Police,Kenneth Ebrimson.
The alleged thugs led by a known smuggler, bunkerer and land
grabber,one Titus Babajide,alias Oppressor and they achieved their nefarious intention of ensuring that all the alleged perceived youths were chased out of the ancient town to the bush in the heart of the night, which they were
yet to return to the town till the time of writing this report.
It added that several people were injured and property were destroyed
during the dastardly attacked on the innocent indigenes of the community
and it was said that the current onslaught was against those who foiled
their recent attempt to organize “Oro traditional festival” against the
directive of the government that banned all the festivities and illegal
gatherings across the State nay country as a result of the outbreak of the
global Pandemic Coronavirus code named COVID-19.
Earlier, Penultimate Tuesday,a young man identified as Ipeba was claimed to
have drown and died inside the Ojumo river in the Community and this lead
to the invasion of the community by the thugs, thinking that the youths in
the town would not allow them to do their acclaimed rituals for the deceased.
But one Monsuru Akanbi who was not allowed earlier to do illegal “Oro
festival”, with the support of Mr. Joseph Olamide Adesiyan,Mr. Saliu
Akanbi(Custom Officer) Samuel
Akinola and Bamidele Ogunjobi(Ajana Oro)
insisted that the family of deceased would not be allowed to carry their
corpse for proper burial until they collected sum of N250,000 and they made
the deceased family to pay sum of N200,000 before they could be allowed to
carry their corpse.
The other identified thugs invaded the ancient town along “Oppressor” were;
Musiliu Ogundare, Amuda Lemon,Wale Ajala, Monsuru Akanbi (arrested now), Sunday Of Ogboro, Julius Dada,Adex Otta,Shola Idiroko,Amos Babao and Sijuade Adeyemi.
Others were;Tunde Adeyemi,Abel Akinola, Femi Tanker Driver,Kilani Ogunbiyi,Kiki Ezekiel,Supperman Akinbade,Gani Benin Republic,Wale Ajaoba and Yisa Ogunbiyi.
Commenting on the development on Monday, the Executive Chairman, Centre for Human
Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, called
on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Muhammed Adamu, to order
for immediate investigation into the matter in respect of the involvement
of the men of the Force in the dastard act.
Sulaiman who doubles as Convener, Save Lagos Group (SLG), also urged the
Police authority to ensure immediate arrest of all the thugs earlier listed that invaded the ancient community of Ihunbo.
Describing the actions of the thugs and the Policemen that gave them(thugs)
cover during the onslaught against the innocent citizens of the community
as an affront to the fundamental human rights as stipulated in the amended
1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria .
Comrade Sulaiman therefore, called on the Police authority in the State to
release those illegally arrested on the directive of the thugs on Friday
midnight and they were; Chief Rasaq Rahamon,Mr. Tobi Dosunmu Sunday Onifade Ademola, Daniel Ayelabola, Ibrahim Aina, Mr. Adam Bello and Ibrahim Mecco,adding that the aforementioned
persons have been transferred to the Area Commander office at Ilaro.
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Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman,
Executive Chairman, CHRSJ,