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Ogun: IGP Orders Investigation into Alleged Violent Attacks of Ihunbo People during Lockdown by Fake Oba – Rights Group

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered Zone 2 Lagos Zonal headquarters of the Nigeria Police to commence the proper investigation into the alleged violent attacked of some people in Ihunbo, Ipokia Local government area of Ogun State, during the lockdown period by the thugs working for one Mr. Joseph Olamide Adesiyan.

However, not less than nine (9) innocent ancient indigenous people, the city of Ihunbo and its estates were ravaged by hoodlums for asking a man to honour the lockout, Mr. Joseph Olamide Adesiyan. The federal and state governments were ordered to stop their alleged Youth Leader Installation for the Region.

A Custom Officer found with a cutlass
A Custom Officer found with a cutlass

The rights group (CHRSJ) then raised concern over the implication of the illegal coronation of Olori Odo(Youth Leader) of Ihunbo by Joseph Adesiyan, where mammoth crowd would be gathered to witness the occasion in defiance of government directive on such gathering as a result of global pandemic code named COVID-19.

But Mr. Adesiyan in return, sent thugs to all his perceived enemies as a way to silent them where several people were injured and their property were destroyed.

Among those who organized the illegal Youth Leader Coronation and Oro Festival and to be arrested by the Investigating Police were; Mr. Joseph Olamide Adesiyan, Akinola Samuel, Bashiru Ogunjobi(Ajana Oro), Musiliu Ogundare, Akinola Samod, Akinola Abel and Alagbe Elijah. Others were; Jimoh Sangoyomi, Akanbi Monsuru, Bioku Isiaka(Soku), Abiodun Paul, Ajala Wale, Adisa Alagere and Akinola Abiodun.

Dead Ipeba
Dead Ipeba

Investigation revealed that AIG Illyas Muazu who is presently the Zonal Head of the Zone 2 headquarte1rs of the Force in Lagos, controlling Lagos and Ogun States, was the then Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, under which all the atrocities were perpetrated but he was now directed to conduct the investigation on the dastard acts of the aforementioned people for possible prosecution of the perpetrator.

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Informing the leadership of the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), the Police Investigating team led by Mr. Remi Amos with Phone number:-08037220880, disclosed that the IGP directed them to conduct unbiased and thorough investigation into the matter in order to unravel those behind the dastard act.

This investigation was a result of the Petition Letter written on behalf of the complainants by CHRSJ and forwarded to the IGP, requesting for an independent investigation over the matter, adding that the hoodlums under the supervision of Mr. Joseph Olamide Adesiyan have violated the fundamental human rights of the affected people.

Among the complainants expected to appear before the Investigating Police Officer in charge of the matter were; Mallam Akeem Babatunde, Mr. Monday Olamide,Mr. Deji Ilabe, Mr. James Sunday,Jelili Akanbi, Idowu Togbeji,Akande Fadairo, Noah Aregbe , Samson Hungbene and Aina Ibrahim.

Ipeba dead soul at the Ojumo River
Ipeba dead soul at the Ojumo River

Before then, a young man identified as Ipeba was claimed to have drown and died inside the Ojumo River in the Community and this lead to the invasion of the community by the thugs, thinking that the youths in the town would not allow them to do their acclaimed rituals for the deceased.

And the matter was reported to the Control room of State Command of the Police at Eleweran, where one Mr. Olasunkanmi, learnt that the State Police authority gave a marching order to the then DPO to arrest the situation but fail to act until 21st of April,2020 when he wrote an invitation letter to those who reported the development to his (DPO) office instead of inviting the organizers of the illegal Coronation and Oro Festival for punitive measure in line with government and IGP directive.

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Initiation for Illegal Oba
Initiation for Illegal Oba

Meanwhile, CHRSJ had also called on the IGP to investigate the fake Police and Custom Officers used to mount illegal road blocks along Ota/ Owode-Idiroko express road which they used to extort the motorists and Okada riders along the axis by also handling unauthorized weapons like cutlass, wooden stick, heavy stone and others unauthorized weapons which was against the norms of the real officers, to terrorize the people of the area
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It alleged that the Senior Police and Custom Officers attached to the area employed the service of these fake officers with the singular aim of extorting the unsuspected motorists and Okada riders plying the area.

Illegal Oba
Illegal Oba

Speaking on the development on Wednesday, the CHRSJ’s Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, lauded the Police boss for acceding to the group’s request on calling for thorough investigation on the subject matter, saying that until when the fact-finding reports of the Police investigation were out and culprits were brought to justice in order to serve as deterrent to others that might have the same mind of such dastard act, it might be then that the CHRSJ would agree that Police has done an unbiased job.

Sulaiman insisted that under the watch of the current Zone 2 AIG as Commissioner of Police that many of the atrocities were committed but urging the Police boss team to do their work without fear or favour.

Video of Illegal Custom and Police Officers
Video of Illegal Custom and Police Officers

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