Residents of Soka, Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State, where scores of decomposing human bodies and captives were discovered in a forest about a fortnight ago, have called on the security agencies to beam their search light on the Fulani herdsmen, who were seen grazing their cattle side-by-side the horror camp.
Police Commissioner in the state, Mohammed Ndabawa, on Tuesday said that a team of forensic pathologists from Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Abuja visited the crime scene a day earlier and that investigation must be completed before the camp would be demolished.
Some of the residents said that the police must not ignore a crucial connection in their investigation and wondered why it had yet to speak on the activities of the herdsmen or invite anyone of them for questioning, whom they described as possible accomplices.
“The herdsmen lived there and made a camp just outside the building where the captives were chained and maltreated. They grazed their cattle over the decomposing bodies every day and they shared the same environment with the alleged kidnappers.
“Why did they feel comfortable with the sight of these bodies and why is the police quiet about this possible link to all the activities and murder at the site?” asked Mr. Olabimtan Isaiah, one of the residents.
“We saw more of the herdsmen in the area and especially along the Ogunpa River bank where they rear their cattle. Most of the bodies and the building were found along that river”, added Isaiah.
Also raising eyebrows on the possible involvement of the herdsmen was a member of a church opposite the river, Supo Olawumi, who said the police should involve the residents in their investigation.
“It is necessary for the police to listen to the people living here. They have been saying a lot of things that could help the investigation but I doubt if they are being taken seriously. Instead, they have arrested many youths and charged them to court for public disturbance”.
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Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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