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Igbaye Crisis: Residents Accuse Police Of Midnight Arrest

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By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

The people of Igbaye town in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State, have accused police in the state of breaking into homes and arresting people indiscriminately.

The community described the incident, which occurred midnight on Wednesday as unprofessional.

It was gathered that some policemen invaded the community around 3:00am on Wednesday to make arrest.

According to a source, the police have detained three persons from the town and that all efforts to secure their bail proved abortive.

The source further accused the police of demanding N70,000 to bail those arrested, adding that but when they got to the police station, the bail was increased to N150,000, and later N200,000.

“That is when we insisted that we cannot afford it. Our lawyer wrote the police to arraign them, yet, they didn’t release them. We went there with money on Monday, they rejected the money.

“We were surprised to see them at 3:00am, breaking doors to make arrest. That is why people trooped out in protest from that time till daybreak when we later matched to the police command in Osogbo,” the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Yemisi Opalola, said the police only went to the town to carry out their duty, saying that the suspects had evaded arrest during the day, hence the reason for the midnight operation.

She said six people were arrested in the community for alleged arson and malicious damage.

She described as ‘lie’ the allegation that policemen broke into their houses to make arrest.

Opalola said the Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode has invited them to a meeting, promising that the matter would be settled amicably.

Meanwhile, the Osun State Muslim Community has said that the unrest in Igbaye town has no religious undertone as being speculated by some people.

This was contained in a statement signed by the President, Osun State Muslim Community, Alhaji Mustafa  Olawuyi, a copy of which was obtained by Western Post in Osogbo on Wednesday.

Olawuyi stated that, Islam is peace and nothing should be done to negate it, adding “anyone caught using religion to cause mayhem and disturbance should be made to face the wrath of the law.”

He called on the feuding parties to allow peace reign so as to aid rapid development of the ancient town.

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