Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, says crime neither had tribe nor identity as he defended the arrest of only suspects of Yoruba origin over the recent clash between Yoruba and Hausa communities in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The clash was reported to have resulted in the death of 46 persons.
Idris was speaking with State House correspondents shortly after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in parts of the country.
The police have been criticised for arresting and parading 20 Yorubas, including a monarch, over the clash while not a single Hausa/Fulani person was detained.
It was reported that both groups involved in the clash had casualties.
The pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere; and the Oodua People’s Congress are among groups and individuals that have lashed out at the force for the development.
The OPC had on Thursday, in a statement by its founder, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, given the Federal Government and the police 48 hours to arrest the Hausa/Fulani persons involved in the crisis.
But, Idris does not see anything wrong in the action of the police, saying crime had no tribes.
He said the police would not hesitate to apply the law once criminal cases were established against individuals, irrespective of their tribes.
“You know we are police officers. Crime has no tribe. If you are a criminal, you are a criminal.
“Crime has no face. We don’t look at crime in the identity of where you are coming from.
“As far as you are a criminal and the police find you wanting, we apply the law.”
He said investigation had revealed that the crisis started with a disagreement between two people selling food along the road.