JUNE 12 : IFE ELDERS URGE INHABITANTS TO MAINTAIN PEACE


A high-ranking group of elders in Ile-Ife have sent strong warning to inhabitants of the ancient city to maintain peace as June 12 remembrance is to be celebrated.

The Elders made this known in a statement following a peace meeting led by High Chief Adekola Adeyeye, Lowa of Ife and Oba Idowu Adediwura, Obalufe of Ife with the security agencies in Ifeland on Friday as reported by McDonald Oladipo of The SOURCE Newspaper.

The meeting held at Ooni of Ife's Palace also had in attendance Chief Ezekiel Onyejekwe, Eze Ndigbo, and Alhaji Isiaka Lawal, Seriki Hausawa, Ife Development Board and Ife Action Council.

"A lot have been heard that June 12 will be bloody and many are ready to vandalise private and government properties.

"To this end, we don't want untold things to happen to anybody. We implore parents to warm their children not to cause crisis because security agencies are more than prepared to deal decisively with anybody that wants to destroy the peace we are enjoying in Ifeland", the statement read in part.

Speaking on behalf of other security agencies at the meeting, CSP Macfrancis Taiwo, Divisional Police Officer, 'C' Division said that the Division is prepared to prevent a breakdown of law and order in any part of the City and environs.

"We will not fold our hands and allows anybody to run down on our station, we are combat ready to deal with any that wants to cause crisis", he said.

The elders also urged all compound meetings slated for tomorrow to be put on hold till next week Saturday, adding that nobody should go to mining site tomorrow.

It will be recalled that President Muhamadu Buhari had on June 6, 2018 declared June 12 as the Nigeria's new Democracy Day replacing the old May 29 in honour of Chief M.K.O Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election which was annulled by the then military Head of state Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

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