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Yoruba-Hausa clash: Police panel arrives Ile-Ife to probe, avert further ethnic clash

Police panel arrives Ile-Ife to probe, avert further ethnic clash

The remote and immediate causes of the clash between Yoruba and Hausa in Ile-Ife on Tuesday 7 through Wednesday 8, March 2017 is under investigation.

It is expected that the probe panel of Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Idris, to investigate the Yoruba-Hausa clash will come out with recommendations soon.

The probe panel arrived the ancient city of Ile-Ife on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

The probe panel is headed by a police commissioner in charge of military police, Force headquarters, Mr. Hammed Bello.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) says Osun Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs Folasade Odoro, confirmed the arrival of the Hammed Bello – led panel in the state to newsmen in Osogbo.

Mandate of the panel is: 1) To look into the immediate and remote causes of the crisis and submit its findings to the police authorities for appropriate action to prevent future occurrence of the incident; 2) Work out how to ensure a cordial relationship between the groups in conflict.

The team is expected to visit leaders of the ethnic groups involved in the conflict as well as pay courtesy visit on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in his palace and other stakeholders in the city.

She said detectives were still on the trail of some suspected culprits, adding that 10 persons had been arrested and were assisting the Police in their investigation.

According to her, relative peace has returned to the city, with anti-riot policemen and other security operatives fully on ground to ensure that there is no breach of the peace.