Wakili, Fulani ‘warlord’, Arrested As Police Allegedly Arrest Four OPC Members For Capturing Wakili

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A 75 Years Old blind man and three other Herdsmen were sighted in a video being circulated on social media. Meanwhile, a source from the OPC confirmed to newsmen that their colleagues who arrested Wakili had, in turn, been arrested by the Police and were being queried why they arrested Wakili.

Iskilu Wakili, a self-acclaimed Fulani warlord, fingered in the attack and abduction of people in Ibarapa axis of Oyo state has been arrested by a team of Odua People's Congress (OPC) on Sunday morning while OPC alleged that four of its members had been arrested by the Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Po­lice over the arrest of Fulani warlord.

A 75 Years Old blind man and three other Herdsmen were sighted in a video being circulated on social media. Wakili who had challenged Sunday Adeyemo, a youth leader popularly known as Sunday Igboho, to a duel after he (Igboho) issued an evacuation notice to herders in Igangan and Ibarapa area, blaming them for insecurity in Oyo state.

Following the evacuation notice, a mob had attacked some houses in the area, after which Seriki Saliu, the Fulani leader in Ibarapa, left the community.

Ibadan Media gathered that Wakili was arrested after a gun battle between his boys and OPC.

Meanwhile, a source from the OPC confirmed to newsmen that their colleagues who arrested Wakili had, in turn, been arrested by the Police and were being queried why they arrested Wakili.

“I heard that some OPC men had been arrested by the police in connection with Wakili’s arrest. It is curious.”

A resident of Igangan, Saliu Abdulkadri, said, “many of us had thought that the end had come to the oppression and constant anguish to which the farmers were subjected. Little did we know that the woes had just begun.”

Confirming the arrest by Police Public Relation Officer in Oyo State, CSP. FADEYI OLUGBENGA, said Wakili and three others are in custody.

“Yes, (he was arrested) with three others,” Fadeyi said.

The statement read below:

The Oyo State Police Command would like to inform the general public that at about 0900 hrs of date (7th March 2021), information was received that a group of persons, (later found out to be members of the Odua Peoples Congress- OPC), had invaded Kajola community in Ibarapa axis of the State. The invasion was reportedly 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. 

2. The State Commissioner of Police has quickly moved into action and preliminary findings revealed that some OPC members went to 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 (3) 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.

3. Meanwhile, the Oyo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that any person or group of persons from any region or tribe that has been found culpable to have committed any criminal act(s) in the State would not be spared, but would be arrested and dealt with according to extant laws. 

4. Therefore, it is worthy of note that the good people of Oyo State and the general public should be rest assured that the officers and men in the Command 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 clampdown on crime and criminality in the State. In conclusion, anybody that has any case against Iskilu Wakili should report it to the State Criminal Investigation Department, (CID) Iyaganku Ibadan for discreet Investigation.

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