•Onuesoke condemns police action on crisis
By Ephraim Oseji
The Journalists for Democratic Rights, JODER, has warned the authorities to beware of some organized armed groups planning revenge attacks following the ethnic crisis at Ile-Ife. It was the second time JODER would be sounding the note of warning in two weeks.
In a statement at the weekend, JODER alerted to another version of a video clip calling for revenge. The new video seen on Thursday is the second of such hate video being circulated with intent to create a sense of siege that will spur violence”, the group said.
“There are two dangerous video clips in circulation. The two of them are being circulated mostly in northern parts of the country calling on Muslims to rise up and revenge”, the statement signed by JODER’s Assistant Programme Officer, Mr Akinwale Kasali said. He said the video clips were sent to JODER by northerners working with JODER on peace-building across the country. He observed that since the March 7 crisis, there had been tension and that the disputants were desperately waiting for an opportunity to renew hostilities.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, yesterday, condemned the steps taken by Police Inspector General Ibrahim Idris on the Ile-Ife crisis.
Reacting to the claim that Yoruba were arrested and paraded in Abuja, while their Hausa counterparts in the crisis were ignored in the Ile-Ife crisis, Onuesoke said the IGP seemed to be biased in the fracas that involved the two tribes.
Onuesoke said Nigerians were disturbed at the massive media publication accusing the IG of ordering the mass arrest of the Yoruba even when it was clear the crisis in the ancient town was between two major ethnic nationalities. He said it was unfortunate that the IGP chose to arrest only the Yoruba together with their traditional rulers , parading them in Abuja, far away from where the crisis occurred.