Ife Crisis: Panel of Inquiries begins sitting as indigenes flood panel with petition

AregbesolaThe Osun State Panel of Inquiry probing civil disturbance of public peace that ensued between the Hausa and Ife people on March 8, Wednesday commenced sitting at Oba Okunade Sijuade Memorial Hall, Enuwa, Ile-Ife.

The panel is headed by Justice Moshood Adeigbe.

Justice Adeigbe said the panel was given four weeks to submit its findings to the state government, promising that it would be fair to everybody even as he solicited for cooperation in discharging its duty within the stipulated time.

However, indigenes of Ile-Ife, had inundated the panel with various affidavits, claiming loss of property worth millions of naira in the March 8 mayhem.

One of the petitioners, Reverend Rotimi Omisakin, told the panel that his church and shop were burnt by unknown Hausa boys, saying he would need N150,000 to repair the church.

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“I was on the prayer mountain when my wife called me that some Hausa boys came to our house and burnt her shop and church.

“I want to appeal to the government to give me N150,000 to repair my church.

Also, one Rotimi Fabunmi who claimed to represent his stepmother, alleged that properies worth N480,000 were burnt in his stepmother’s shop.

Asked why his stepmother did not appear before the panel, Fabunmi said she was rushed out of the country due to the shock she had when she heard that her shops were burnt.

He said kolanut and palm oil worth N480,000 were burnt by the unidentified hoodlums during the crisis.

Also, the Secretary of the panel, Bisi Babalola, disclosed that 140 memoranda have been received by the commission.

He said the panel would be sitting everyday so as to meet up with the four-week deadline given to it by the state governor.