By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Ooni of Ife,Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi on Thursday asked the five-man judicial commission of enquiry set-up by Osun State Government to look into the ethnic clash that erupted between Yoruba and Hausa indigenes in Ile-Ife to avoid bias and be honest in their investigations.
Ooni Ogunwusi made the call while receiving members of the five-man judicial commission of enquiry into his Ile Oodua palace in Enuwa,Ile Ife.
The royal father declared that there is the need for the commission members to be neutral while carrying out their assignment,saying many
Yoruba leaders are interested in the outcome of their investigation.
“I am pleased to receive you all; I am fully with you. As you have said, please be neutral so that you can get to the bottom of what triggered the unfortunate incident. Because it happened at the epicentre of the Yoruba race, a lot of people are interested in tbe outcome of your mission. I have received many phone calls from different part of the world as regards this and I pray such doesn’t occur in any part of the country again”
The Ooni stressed that while in the United Kingdom,he met many northern leaders who helped to speak to their people towards sustaining peace in Ile Ife and Nigeria in general.
“I consulted with my people, government and Commissioner of Police before travelling few days after the incident happened. My trip to the UK was for very important reasons and I met many northern leaders who helped to speak to their people”.
Speaking at the Ooni’s palace,Chairman of the commission, Justice Moshood Adeigbe said all parties in the clash would be given fair-hearing and that the commission will be neutral to the parties involved in the crisis.
Justice Adeigbe while assuring the Ooni that members of the commission would not trade their integrity for anything said the commission was out to ensure that the real perpetrators of the dastardly act were brought to book and ensure that all waring factions were appeased.
“We are here to inform you of our mission. We are men of integrity and we assure you that we will be totally neutral in our duty. We will do our job without fear or favour to anyone or group in the matter. We hope to have your support,” he said.
The Commission later visited the scene of the clash and called for affidavit from victims and eyewitnesses as well as
addressed leaders of both the Yoruba and Hausa indigenes.
Members of the commission are Justice Adeigbe who is the chairman, Mrs. Bose Dawodu DCP (rtd), Barrister Ismail Ajibade, the State Commissioner of Police, the State Director of DSS and Mr. Bisi Babalola who will act as the secretary