By our reporter| The Oodua Peoples Congress, on Sunday, said the men of Nigeria Police Force in the Oyo State has detained three OPC operatives who arrested alleged notorious Fulani warlord Iskilu Wakili.
Wakili, who is said to be the leader of the herdsmen in Ayete, has been accused of sundry crimes in the Ayete area of Ibarapaland in Oyo state.
Farmers and residents of Ayete, said Wakili worked with dozens of herders who are his disciples to seize hectares of farmlands at Ayete, raped the women, and kidnapped their rich men for ransom.
Adedeji Oluwole, the OPC sector coordinator who led his operatives and other vigilante groups to arrest Wakili, said it took over four days of continued operations and surveillance to nab Wakili and three of his accomplices.
Oluwole, who disclosed that more than 10 OPC operatives went on the mission that nabbed the warlord, expressed shock that the police detained three of his men after they handed over Wakili.
“We took Wakili and the three others from Igangan to Igboora and handed them over to the DPO at Igboora. The name of the DPO is Ajayi Mark. As I am talking to you, they have taken them to Iyaganku at the State CID in Ibadan with three of my boys,” Oluwole told a national publication.
“When we took Wakili to the police this morning, the police said we should take Wakili to the hospital first which we refused because we are not in a position to do that. We told the police that they have been complaining all these days that they wanted to arrest Wakili and now we have brought Wakili to their doorstep, they should take over.
“Nobody touched Wakili, nobody hurt him, there are no traces of any hurt on him. He is an old man and we had promised the whole world that we won’t hurt them but we would arrest them for the whole world to see who is Wakili because all this while, he has been a faceless person, nobody knows him. We didn’t beat him or harm him. When we nabbed him, we put him inside a vehicle and handed him over to the police.
“The DPO then said he got a signal from the CP (Commissioner of Police) in Iyaganku. They have taken three of my men to Iyaganku now.”
Meanwhile, the police earlier on Sunday confirmed the arrest Iskilu Wakili, in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Wakili, is said to be responsible for a series of kidnappings and killings in the state.
According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer for Oyo state, Fadeyi Olugbenga, the arrest was sequel to information that a group of persons had invaded the Kajola community in the Ibarapa axis of the state.
The invasion, Olugbenga said, was “aimed at arresting one Wakili, a Fulani by tribe, who is alleged to be the sponsor and mastermind of various criminal attacks against the people/farmers of Yoruba origin in the community.”
“The State Commissioner of Police has quickly moved into action and preliminary findings revealed that some OPC members went to the Kajola community in Ibarapa North Local government Area of Oyo State.”
“While there, the house of the Wakili in question was set ablaze, while a female (the identity of who is yet to be ascertained) was burnt in the fire and Wakili (about 75 years old and blind) with two (2) other persons were picked up.
“The three of them are presently in the custody of the Police. The Commissioner of Police has directed that Wakili (due to his frail appearance and state of health), be moved to the Hospital, while others are being interrogated. Others being interrogated are the OPC members, involved in arson and murder,” the statement read.
The police spokesman also reiterated the Command’s commitment to deal with persons found culpable to have committed any criminal act(s) in the state in accordance with the extant laws.
He also assured residents of the state that police officers would “not derelict in its duty to bring to book criminal elements arrested for any infringement on the laws of the land, as adequate security measures have been emplaced against anything untoward.”
While soliciting credible information from members of the public to enable the police and other security agencies to clampdown on crime, Olugbenga urged the public to report any case against Wakili to the State Criminal Investigation Department, (CID) Iyaganku Ibadan for discreet Investigation.