The palace of the Ooni of Ife said it received with great concerns the report of killing of some farmers numbering about five at Toro village, Ile-Ife.
The palace, in a statement by Moses Olafare, Director of Media and Public Affairs on Saturday, condemned the loss of lives, adding that it reported the case to security shortly after getting the information. The palace also condemned the communal clash colouration added to it by those described as “mischief makers”.
“While some mischief makers tried to link the criminality to the long-resolved Ife/Modakeke dispute, the Palace of Ife wishes to state unequivocally that what happened at Toro village was sheer criminality and the long hand of the law will soon catch up with the perpetrators.
“It is in the public knowledge that the country like its counterparts across the world is being confronted by security challenges, which would soon be a thing of the past with the corporation of all especially we (citizens).
“Attempts to add communal colouration to the crime with an attempt to distract security operatives from unveiling the evil minds behind the devilish act by some mischief makers is already known to security operatives who are on top of the matter.