The Oyo State Government has disclosed that it has accepted the apology of the Nigerian Immigration Service’s (NIS) management for the Wednesday incident between officers of the security outfit and the Chairman of Ibadan North Local Government Council; Mr. Suhaib Yusuf.
Oyoaffairs earlier reported that, the council chairman was allegedly beaten by personnel of the Nigerian Immigration Services in Ibadan on Wednesday.
The Nigerian Immigration Service headquarters, according to reports, is located near the Government House and shares a fence with the council secretariat.
The assault quickly escalated into a severe brawl between command officers and supporters of the council boss.
Following the event, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), the state’s umbrella group of council chairmen, issued a 24-hour warning to NIS, ordering it to remove its offices in all of the state’s 33 local government areas.
In a statement made on Thursday, NIS Comptroller-General Muhammed Babandede asked for calm, promising to examine the event and penalize any erring employees.
Mr. Bayo Lawal, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, told reporters on Friday that the issue had been settled shortly after the peace meeting.
ALGON’s vacation notice and other threats against NIS had been dropped, according to Lawal, and both parties had been told to put the matter behind them.
He stated that the NIS comptroller- general’s apologies had been accepted.
“We thank God that the matter has been resolved amicably. We are one family; we don’t want the harmonious relationship that had existed between the local government and NIS to break down.
“In the peace and tranquility, the best option is to ensure that the matter is resolved amicably and that is what we have done.
“So, there is no cause for alarm and I can assure you that such an incident will never happen again,” he said.
The commissioner urged citizens of the state to be patient with one another, adding that, due to the current condition of affairs in the country, many people are easily angered by minor irritations.
The state NIS Public Relations Officer, Mr. Olufemi Adetunji, and the state ALGON Chairman, Mr. Sikiru Sanda, led their respective teams to the peace meeting, which was presided over by the Mr. Bayo Lawal; the Commissioner for Local government and chieftaincy matters