The Ekiti State Police Command has commenced a mop-up operation in the Ire-Ekiti community, Ekiti State, to halt arms proliferation after two persons died at the weekend during a crisis that followed the state government’s ban of the celebration of the Ogun Onire festival in the town.
Daily Trust had reported that some indigenes of Ire Ekiti opposed to the ban had attacked the palace of the town’s monarch, Oba Bobade and burnt some cars in the process.
A statement released yesterday in Ado Ekiti, by the Ekiti State Police Command quoted the Police Commissioner, Mr Babatunde Mobayo, as saying that the mop-up operation became necessary to halt further killings and proliferation of light arms in the town.
The statement, signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, informed the people of Ire-Ekiti that the police would be carrying out the mop-up operation yesterday, and would be intensifying efforts to arrest perpetrators of the crisis.
Mobayo implored the people of the Ire-Ekiti community to be law-abiding, cooperate with the policemen deployed there and avoid any act that could frustrate the aim of the operation, as such would not be tolerated.
The Commissioner observed “with dismay how some unscrupulous persons in their large numbers had taken to the streets, destroying properties, causing injuries to innocent citizens and consequently causing a state of anarchy and unnecessary apprehension.”