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Accord Party wants Soka killings probed

27 March 2014, 15:17

Ibadan - The Accord Party in Oyo State  on Wednesday called on the National Human Rights Commission and civil society groups  to investigate the suspected killings at Soka, Ibadan.

The party, which made the call at a news conference in Ibadan, also called on the state government  to clear the air on the true status of the controversial property in which the suspected killings were said to have been carried out.

No fewer than 20 decomposed bodies and some emaciated captives were found in an apartment in Soka on Saturday.

A chieftain of  Accord  Party, Ayodele Adigun, claimed that  the land on which the property was sited  belonged to the state government, having revoked its Certificate of  Occupancy from the earlier occupiers.

He also claimed  that the property was first occupied by a contractor that initially handled the Ogunpa channelisation  project.

Adigun, however, said the contract was revoked and handed over to another contractor, adding that the equipment found at the site were those impounded by the state government in 2 000.

He further claimed that the Ministry of Environment took over the premises and even carried out some pilot projects there, including a rehabilitation centre for the destitute and mentally challenged.

 Adigun said some criminals might have taken advantage of the lax security in the area to carry out the attacks on those allegedly dumped there.

But Governor Abiola Ajimobi has denied any involvement in the establishment of any project in the controversial area.

"Both the good and bad things are attributed to the leader; but I understand that the place was set up 10 years ago and I only came as governor less than four years ago,” he said.

Ajimobi, who said he learnt that a woman even delivered a baby there seven years ago, said that the developments there  had nothing to do with him.  

Meanwhile, the APC in the state has  urged residents to ignore the claims of the Accord Party, saying it only wanted to take  advantage of the situation to gain political mileage.

The Interim State Publicity Secretary, Dauda Kolawole, said in a statement on Wednesday that the incident rather  called for sober reflection.

"The people of Oyo State are in a state of grief and shock at the horrendous discovery of ritual killers’ den in the state.

"The situation calls for sober reflection from all and sundry,'' it said.

The APC said that from the  testimonies of the kidnapped victims, it was obvious that the apartment had  been in existence for almost 10 years.

 - NAN

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