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Police Declares 15 Persons Wanted Over Ekiti Festival Violence

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Ganiyat Ganiyu 

The Ekiti State Police Command has declared 15 persons wanted in connection with the violence and killings at Ire Ekiti in the Oye Local Government Area of the State.

The violence which erupted over the cancellation of Ogun Onire festival due to the coronavirus disease led to the death of two people and several others injured.

The State Government had directed the traditional rulers to enforce the ban on traditional festivals and other social gatherings in compliance with the guidelines on COVID-19.

The command’s Spokesman, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the development to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, said one of the suspects had been arrested.

He assured that all the perpetrators of the act would be brought to justice.

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Abutu said: “One person had been arrested and more than 15 persons had been declared wanted. They have run away, but our men are on their trail.

“We won’t allow people to take laws into their hands or resort to self-help over a small issue. We are going to apprehend whoever had hands in these killings and ensure that they face the full weight of the law.”

ice Command has declared 15 persons wanted in connection with the violence and killings at Ire Ekiti in the Oye Local Government Area of the State.

The violence which erupted over the cancellation of Ogun Onire festival due to the coronavirus disease led to the death of two people and several others injured.

The State Government had directed the traditional rulers to enforce the ban on traditional festivals and other social gatherings in compliance with the guidelines on COVID-19.

The command’s Spokesman, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the development to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, said one of the suspects had been arrested.

He assured that all the perpetrators of the act would be brought to justice.

Abutu said: “One person had been arrested and more than 15 persons had been declared wanted. They have run away, but our men are on their trail.

“We won’t allow people to take laws into their hands or resort to self-help over a small issue. We are going to apprehend whoever had hands in these killings and ensure that they face the full weight of the law.”

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