The police on Monday put the casualty figure in the fight between the Yoruba and Hausa on March 8 at Ile-Ife, Osun State, at 46.
The force said that 96 people were injured and properties worth millions of naira destroyed during the mayhem.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, who read out the figures faulted claims made by pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, that the police were biased in their arrest of suspects by not arresting any Hausa man.
“It is not a one-sided thing; suspects from different backgrounds were arrested and some of them were released when investigations showed that they had nothing to do with the violence.
“To be specific, 38 suspects from various backgrounds and ethnic groups were arrested, but 20 of them, who were found culpable for direct and indirect participation in the killing of innocent people were detained and they would be prosecuted,” Moshood said.
Explaining what led to the crisis, the police spokesman said that one Kuburat Eluwole triggered the violence when she allegedly slapped one Abubakar Mohammed in the course of an argument.
YHe added that Eluwole’s husband, Akeem, a.k.a. Escort, allegedly sponsored some thugs who attacked the Hausa residents at Sabo.