The Ooni Caucus of Eminent Yoruba Sons and Daughters has denounced the death of seven people in Toro village on Friday by gunmen from Modakeke.
Akin Osuntokun, the Coordinator of the Ooni Caucus, condemned the attempt to portray the crime as a re-enactment of the Ife-Modakeke conflict in a statement released on Sunday.
He claimed the endeavor by people he referred to as “mischief makers” was intended to divert security authorities’ attention away from the true problem.
“We commiserate with the families and communities of the deceased and pray that this does not happen again,” the statement said.
“What concerns me the most about this unfortunate event is the attempt to use it to rekindle the enmity between Ife and Modakeke. For the sake of our shared humanity, peace, unity, and stability in Yorubaland, and indeed Nigeria, those manipulating the situation should immediately cease and desist from such wickedness.
“We underline the Ooni palace’s patient investigation and peace-promoting stance, and we condemn attempts to add sectarian coloration to the crime in order to divert security forces from uncovering the evil minds behind the devilish conduct. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
“We offer Kabiyesi Oonirisa (Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi) our support and sympathies as he brings his hallmark benevolence, tolerance, accommodating, and patriarchal demeanor to bear on the terrible event.”
Remember that on Friday, killings erupted in Ife and Modakeke, and it was alleged that some of those transporting the deceased victims’ bodies to the mortuary attempted to attack the Ooni palace, but were repulsed.