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Ijebu-Ife: Commission of enquiry begins sitting

By Kolade Larewaju
THE Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by the Ogun State government to look into the immediate and remote causes of the violence that claimed several lives, including that of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, late Omolodun Oladokun and property worth millions of  Naira destroyed, commenced sitting Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Justice  Kayode Somolu in his inaugural address said the Committee would ensure justice by looking at every detail in the entire memoranda submitted by concerned individuals, saying that four memoranda were submitted before the Panel.

The Ajalorun of Ijebu-Ife, Oba Adesesan Afolorunso Oguntayo, who was the first witness to testify before the panel said the town before the mayhem was a peaceful environment until January this year when it was noticed that some “unscrupulous elements” invaded the town.

The monarch explained further that the “unwanted people” started constructing habitation for themselves and also harassing innocent residents of the town. This development according to the monarch necessitated the establishment of the Vigilance Group after the chiefs of the town had met.

Oba Oguntayo told the Panel that the vigilance group enjoyed the support of the men of the Ogun State Police Command, saying that the Police authorities ordered five mobile police officers to complement the services of the group.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Government has described statements credited to the Chairman of Ijebu-East Local Government, Mr. Oladujoye that he had no confidence in the panel set up by the government to look into the Ijebu-Ife crisis as unfortunate and sad.

In a statement by the Consultant to the Governor on Media Matters, Chief Sina Ogunbambo, the government said members of the Commission were men of integrity and honour.

It said, “It is very unfortunate and one of the tragedies of human history that Tunde Oladunjoye can suddenly become a turn in coat to blackmail a governor and leader who propped him up to encourage people of his generation to participate in good governance and quality administration.

“The facts are on ground that the Ijebu-Ife incident was reported to be a clash between the vigilance group and the youth over the death of a tailor who died naturally a few days after he was detained by the vigilante men for breaching the law of his community on security.

“No one imputed any political motive into it except Oladunjoye has skeleton in his cupboard. Why must he disparage eminent and tested men of the judiciary, passing vote of no confidence in them simply because the chief security officer in the state in person of the Governor performed his constitutional duty?”

But Oladunjoye in a swift reaction said he would not want to trade words with Ogunbambo who he said was a senior colleague trying to secure his daily bread.

He, however, raised some posers. “Is it true that the Mace has been moved? Is it true that majority of the councillors have changed their mobile phone numbers? What led to all these? Who is blackmailing who? We will soon know who is blackmailing who.”


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