Nigeria: Ife/Modakeke War IG Gets Fresh Mandate

By Adeolu Adeyemo, 23 March 2000

Lagos — A fresh mandate may have been given by the Federal Government to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Musiliu Smith to investigate the sources of automatic weapons being used by the Ifes and Modakekes in the war currently ravaging the communities.

Competent police sources told P.M News in Osogbo that already the presidency had instructed the police chief to swing into action by inviting leaders of the two communities and asking them how they got all the sophisticated weapons used in fighting each other.

Sources told P.M News that the I.G. would soon deploy his men to the troubled areas to fish out the arms merchants who imported large consignment of ammunitions to aggravate the war, adding that the investigation of sources of the automatic weapons should not be more than a week.

It was gathered that the presidency was baffled by the security reports sent to Abuja that the two warring communities kill themselves with sophisticated assault weapons which the Nigeria Police Force does not even have.

“We want to know the sources of all these automatic weapons and the arms merchants who imported large consignment of these amunitions and sell them to the communities must be identified and dealt with accordingly. The mobile policemen deployed to the warring communities found it extremely difficult to dislodge the combatants because they allegedly use artillery weapons, automatic revolvers and grenade which the police does not have. Where do they got all these?,” a source quoted the presidency to have said.

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