OPC members who arrested Wakili are criminals, says Oyo police Command
—OPC members detained, Wakili moved to hospital
By Akindele Ojo, Ibadan
The Oyo State Police Command has justified the arrest of members of O’odua Peoples Congress, (OPC) linked to the arrest of a nororious Fulani kingpin, Wakili said to have been responsible for killings in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.
In a statement on Sunday made available to Irohinoodua, the Oyo Police said it received information that members of Odua Peoples Congress- OPC), had invaded Kajola community in Ibarapa axis of the State.
The police said 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.
The Statement signed by Chief Superintendent of Police, Fadeyi Olugbenga said
the State Commissioner of Police 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.
The police said “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 police said 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. 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.”
The police said further that 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 has 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.
‘Anybody that has any case against Iskilu Wakili should report it to the State Criminal Investigation Department, (CID) Iyaganku Ibadan for discreet Investigation” the police stated