The Chiefs of Ifon Community, in Ose Local Government Area, Ondo State, have on Sunday, revealed that they have been invited to Abuja, by the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, for allegedly killing a cow belonging to a herdsman, Abdullahi, Page 36 learnt.
The Community Chiefs, however, described the allegation as false.
It was gathered that the Police has nonetheless, made no arrests for the murder of the town’s Monarch, Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi, who was killed on November 26, 2020.
The Chiefs stated this in a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, dated February 19, 2021, and signed by Olowolafe & Co Solicitors, on their behalf.
The invited Chiefs were identified as Mr. Olaniyi Olotu, the Secretary of the Ifon Council of Chiefs, Chief Olijewu, Saliu Omotosho, Chief Ekon, and the Chief Hunter of the Community,
According to a previous letter dated February 2, 2020, and signed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Force Intelligence Bureau, Kolo Yusuf, the Chiefs were asked to report to Abuja, on March 15, 2021.
The letter of invitation, marked 3000/FIB/STS/FHQ/ABJ/TA/Vol.5/259, stated that the Chiefs are being probed for attempted kidnapping, mischief, and criminal conspiracy.
The letter reads in part: “This Office is investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, mischief, threat to life, and attempted kidnapping, that your name featured. You are kindly requested to interview the undersigned Officer on March 15, 2021, by 10:00hrs for fact-finding through DSP Ibrahim Magu.”
In their response signed by their Lawyer, the Chiefs said that they had nothing to do with the killing of cows, since it did not happen in their community, but a neighbouring town.
They, however, stated that it was saddening that the Police that has not arrested anyone for the murder of their Monarch, would take the killing of cows more seriously.
The Community Leaders said that the Police invitation is an attempt by the herdsmen to get back at the Community, for exposing their murderous ways.
The letter read in part: “As a prelude to these invitations, one Fulani herdsman called Abdullahi had on January 6, 2021, reported at the police station in Ifon that the community killed his cow. It was in the course of police investigating this allegation of killing Abdullahi’s cow that our clients’ leaders who are now being invited by the police were first invited.
“These community leaders denied any involvement in the allegation that the man’s cow was killed and also told the police that the place where the alleged killing took place was not part of Ifon land and had nothing to do with them or the community they represent.
“It came as a surprise that on February 4, 2021, these same community leaders were invited again to the police station in Ifon on the same allegations.”