Ife/Modakeke killings: Police parades suspects, assures of prosecution

The Osun State Police Command has paraded five suspects allegedly behind the murder recorded in Modakeke between 12th May and 20th August, 2021.

It would be recalled that two Modakeke indigenes were in June killed while on their way to farm, while another five persons were gruesomely murdered in August this year at Alape village.

The five male suspects arrested included Akingbala Olakunle, aka All Stand, Owoniyi Segun, aka Agbede, Shina Adeyemi, Awotinde Elijah and Daramola Muideen, aka Ede.

They were paraded at the Headquarters of the police command, with weapons recovered from them, which included a double barrell gun, five live cartridges, a knife, a cutlass and an axe.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode, the first two murdered individuals were Modakeke indigenes.

He said it was was as a result of land and farm disputes between Modakeke and Ile-Ife.

Olokode explained that the incident generated anger in the mind of Modakeke youths, prompting some hooligans from Modakeke who armed themselves with different weapons, to take revenge against Ife indigenes, presumed to be behind the killing.

“The police arrested the situation and obstructed their ugly attempts. Several peace meetings were held, and undertakings made to prevent a repeat occurrence,” he said.

The Osun Police boss revealed that surprisingly on 20th August, 2021 at Alape village, five men which included, Oladele Ismaila, Oladele Afeez, Taye Animashaun, Shina and one other were going to their farmland but unknown gunmen ambushed and killed them.

“This unwarranted and barbaric murder provoked the Modakeke indigenes, because they presumed that the people killed were their people.

“They decided to take revenge on the Ife communities but their efforts were thwarted by the prompt intervention of the Police and other sister security agencies.

“The five deceased were not from Modakeke as erroneously insinuated by the people of Modakeke.

“This ugly incident made the Police to swiftly swing into action that led to the arrest of five key suspects as highlighted above. Some other suspects were arrested by the Police.

“They are undergoing investigation to ascertain the degree of their involvement in the case. Adequate security measures have been put in place by the Police to ensure this act of lawlessness is put under control.

“The suspects will be charged to court at the completion of investigation for prosecution,” he added.

Olokode also assured that the command will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the state is free from all kinds of criminal elements.

In his words, “Members of the public are enjoined to continue to trust and believe in us towards policing efficiently and effective protection of their lives and properties. The bad ones, criminals are similarly advised to either repent now, relocate, or be shown the red card.”

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