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Oyo Police Set to Release Seven Men Arrested For Alleged Arson, Murder in connection to Sasa crisis

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko has announced that the seven persons arraigned in connection with the Shasha crisis are set to be released by the Police.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, Onadeko said the seven persons are to be released following the receipt of legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) that those arrested had “no case to answer.”

This is just as the police boss cleared the police of bias or favouritism, saying the suspects were handed over to them by the military. Onadeko disclosed that the suspects were with the Nigerian Army, which arrested them for 11 or 12 days before they were handed over to the police.

She said the handover was followed with investigation and subsequent arraignment in court on holden charge, with the seeking of legal advice from the DPP. When asked to comment on people’s anger on non-arraignment of the Hausa also, despite being accused of burning down hundreds of buildings and shops, the police commissioner reiterated that ethnic or religious colouration should not be given to crime.

“It’s out of question when seven suspects were handed over to us. The question is: was there any crime committed?

“It is not an issue of whether they are Yoruba or Igbo. Let us stop giving crime ethnic or religious colouration”, she said.

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