The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has justified the arrest of only Yoruba suspects in the aftermath of the Ile-Ife crisis.
Idris, who spoke with State House correspondents on Friday shortly after briefing President Buhari of security situations in parts of the country inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that crime has no tribe or identity.
The police had been in the eye of the storm for arresting and parading 20 Yoruba persons, including a monarch, over the clash that left about 46 people dead while not a single Hausa/Fulani person was detained.
The pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere; and the Oodua Peoples Congress are among groups and individuals that have been criticising the police over the development.
Idris however said the police would not hesitate to apply the law once criminal cases are established against individuals, irrespective of their tribe.
He said, “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.