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Hausa/Yoruba Clash in Ile-Ife: Monarchs Condemn Arrest of Only South-Western Suspects



The suspects

Following the clash between Hausas and Yorubas in Ile-Ife, Osun state and the subsequent arrest of suspects, traditional rulers in the South-west has condemned the arrest of only Yoruba suspects, adding that it is wrong to arrest a particular group and leave the other group, PUNCH reports.

The suspects, numbering 20, including a traditional ruler, were paraded at the Force headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory.

About 46 persons reportedly died in the clash.

Those paraded by the police are – Eluwole Akeem, Eluwole Kuburat, Ayoola Abimbola, Bello Wahab, Prophet Taiwo Fakuwajo, Oba Ademola Ademiluyu, Elufisan Akintoye, Peter Omisope, Adefisan Isaac, Omisanmi Isaac, Olarewaju Daniel, Seyi Akinyombo, Adejube Monday, Olarewaju Adebayo, Akanbi Adeyinka, Obimakinde Samuel, Alhaji Zakariyau Abdulyekini, Bamidele Elusanmi, Jimoh Sakiru, Clement Kehinde and Adelekan Kehinde.

The traditional rulers also warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, against the one-sided arrests, adding that it is capable of aggravating the situation.

Peace has since been restored to the Sabo area of Ile-Ife, where the clash started and normal activities have begun.

Here’s what the monarchs had to say:


Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejuigbe, the Aladesanmi III:

It is when you introduce ethnic bias that the problem festers. When the arrests are one-sided, it raises tension.

The security agencies should do their work dispassionately. Nigeria is facing a lot of challenges presently and we should not add ethnicity to that.

This (One-sided arrests) is a dangerous trend and the authorities should be wary. The security agencies and the authorities concerned should handle the matter with care so that their actions are not counter-productive.

Deji of Akureland, Ondo State, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo

I don’t agree with the one-sided arrests. I agree with the Inspector General of Police that criminality has nothing to do with ethnicity or tribe.

However, two sides were involved in this fracas, so there was no way only people from one side should have been arrested.

Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Adejimi-Adu Alagbado

We understand that a woman was molested in Ile-Ife and that led to the crisis. Who molested her and why was she molested? I understand that the police even arrested the woman that was molested, but I have not heard anything about the molester. Was the molester arrested?

What was behind the idea of parading of 20 Yoruba persons in Abuja? How many Fulani herdsmen have been paraded over there? All these issues raise questions.

Even in my domain, I have herdsmen causing problems all over the place. I hope the IGP will look into this. They should not let people have the impression that the Nigeria Police, that is funded with public funds, is taking sides.

Olubadan of Ibadan, Oyo State, Oba Saliu Adetunji

Whoever will act as a mediator must be neutral and this is where the police come in. We were not there to see what happened when the crisis began but from what we have heard and read in the media, the police took sides, which is wrong.

The police should do a thorough job because one side cannot fight against itself.

Orangun of Oke Ila, Osun State, Oba Adedokun Abolarin

They should be fair and ensure justice. There should be no sacred cow; those who violated the law should be arrested.

We must not be partial in dealing with this kind of matter. Whoever was involved in the crime should be arrested and prosecuted irrespective of their ethnic group.

Ogiyan of Ejigbo in Osun State, Oba Omowonuola Oyesosin

The setting up of the panel of inquiry will enable everybody to know what transpired, how it happened and who the actors were.

The bias is condemnable and the actors from other sides should also be arrested and prosecuted.

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi

“A kii fa’ri apa kan (It is not proper to shave one side of the head and leave the other unshaved).”

He, however, called on every party to exercise restraint so as to avoid aggravating the situation.


The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, also said he’ll release a statement concerning the case.

The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, had earlier in the week, condemned the one-sided arrests.

Legal practitioner and human rights activist Femi Falana also condemned the arrest of only people from the South-West.



  1. FasholasLover

    April 1, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Very sad in a multi ethnic country. But, y’all just woke up to reality. In 2019, vote wisely.

  2. Boss

    April 1, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Whenever the North is in power Nigeria never flourish.

  3. Bey

    April 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

    So they are just knowing this. How many Fulani herdsmen have they arrested so far.
    It’s like since Buhari took power many now feel untouchable.
    That was how one was wielding a knife at me just cos I didn’t want to buy his orange and bought from the person next to him.
    I just told him if he doesn’t stop wielding that knife around I will wind his hand up in my car window.
    Na by force.

    • Iris

      April 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Knife ke! On top orange! *Sigh*

  4. Jay~Tee

    April 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Have often wondered….do these people ever pause to think/consider that come some day, in the not too distant future, the tide will change and another ethnic group will be in power and they will be not so powerful at that time? Or are they thinking they will never relinquish power?

  5. Comfortably Numb

    April 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Just how many incidents of people from outside the Hausa/Fulani ethnic groups living in the Hausa/Fulani domain and attacking their hosts have we ever recorded in this country? Yoruba, Ibo, Ibibio, Efik, Edo, Itsekiri, Urhobo, Ijaw, Idoma, Tiv, Ishan,etc have all evolved strategies for living in peace with their northern hosts. There’s never been incidents where Ibo elements have been singled out and set upon as a group and murdered anywhere in the west and other parts of southern Nigeria. Ditto for the Yoruba and other non~igbo in any part of igboland.
    My point here is: why is this violent streak exclusive to the Hausa/Fulani?
    If you price down their beef in the market, have issue with the wheelbarrow man, the Okada rider or the Kekenapep driver, you are immediately at risk of being stabbed. I will not even bring up that insanity that envelopes some people whenever differences in religion surfaces. But if you go to a motor vehicle spare parts dealer, the pharmacy, eleru the meat seller in Tejuosho market, the Okpalagu seller at 9th Mile in Enugu, the pure water vendor in Port Harcourt etc, and there’s a disagreement over pricing, you can walk away without as much as an insult being traded.
    Why then do the Hausa/Fulani believe that violence against other persons or ethnic groups is their exclusive preserve, forgetting that, as in all things, “two can play”?

  6. Jade Edo babe

    April 1, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Tinubu, Obasanjo, are you listening? You guys backing northern leaders and empowering them. See what these northerners are doing to your people. They don’t care about anybody else except themselves.
    But I know Yoruba people will do something about it. I swear, these northerns juju dey work, I don’t understand how they get in power when it’s very clear that they only bring disaster. Look at the history of the worst corruption, all northerners.

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