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Modakeke, Ife trade words over communal attacks, killings

Modakeke, Ife trade words over communal attacks, killings

Ife and Modakeke have again traded words over the alleged killings and attacks on villages on both communities.

The Chairman of The Ife Intellectuals, Ademuyiwa Adeniran, in a statement signed by the Secretary of the group, Kolawole Jimoh Oladipo enumerated how the bandits invade ife communities, killed Indigenes and stole valuables as well as forceful take over of over one hundred villages

“The latest round of wanton killings of an Ife chief and two others, with two more persons feared killed (but corpses not found yet), allegedly carried out by Modakeke bandits is the height of the incessant attacks on both the persons and properties of the Ife people. The situation is so tense presently that there is the need for the trigger-happy and machete-wielding suspected Modakeke trouble seekers to be checked.

“The following are instances of the murderous and thieving activities of these marauders that the peace-loving and law-abiding Ife people have endured till now."

Ademuyiwa also alleged that Modakeke has terrorised, maimed, killed and forcefully taken over Ife villages.

He also added that the sacking of some Ife village heads and the murder of Chief Adesoji Adedire of Wanisanni village and two others, with two more persons missing till now, along that axis on Tuesday March 19, 2024 is the latest in the acts of aggression against Ife.

Reacting to the allegations made by the Ife Intellectuals, the Modakeke Think Tank (MTT) under the chairmanship of Kola Olabisi regarded the statement as being false.

Olabisi also called on the Inspector-General of Police to direct the state Commissioner of Police to work closely with the state government with a view to investigating, arresting and arraigning the sponsors and foot soldiers of the avoidable mayhem in the overall interest of the two communities who have been co-habiting peacefully for ages.

He said “While we are not foreclosing the existence of any likely misunderstanding among some individuals in both Ile-Ife and Modakeke, it is wicked and treacherous for the affected persons to elevate such infractions into communal affairs in order to whip up undue sentiment and subsequently rocking the lingering existing peace between the two communities."

He appealed to those whose preoccupation in the two communities is to cause disharmony, tension and crisis to redirect their priority by focusing on profitable ventures that would improve the existing peace in Ifeland.

While sympathising with the victims of the heinous crimes in the two communities, Olabisi enjoined them not to drag the communities into a personal rift as there is need for continuous peace in Ifeland which is the antidote for meaningful development rather than promotion of avoidable turmoil.










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