Wakili: Our men not transferred to Abuja, still in police custody –OPC

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Kayode Oyero

The Oodua Peoples Congress says three of its operatives detained by the Oyo State Police Command are still in the state and not moved to Abuja as reported in some section of the media on Tuesday.

OPC Coordinator in Oyo State, Rotimi Olumo, stated this in a telephone interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday.

He said, “Our men are still in police custody here at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Iyaganku, Ibadan. I saw them this afternoon after a meeting with the police. They have not been moved anywhere and we are working on their release.”

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The PUNCH had earlier reported that the OPC, on Sunday, arrested notorious Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili, accused of terrorising villages in the Ibarapa area of the state.

The OPC later handed over Wakili to the Oyo State Police Command but the police subsequently detained three OPC operatives for allegedly burning down Wakili’s house and killing an unknown woman in the process.

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However, the OPC had said the murder and arson allegations were false, adding that it immediately handed over Wakili and three of his accomplices to the police in Igboora after their arrest.

The OPC had called on Yoruba leaders to come to the rescue of its men, saying it is unfortunate that the police resorted to hunting its men after arresting the notorious Fulani warlord while Wakili was moved to the hospital.

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Before Wakili’s arrest, farmers and residents of Ayete, Kajola and neighbouring villages in Ibarapaland lived in perpetual fear of Wakili who was accused of displacing them from their farms, kidnapping their rich men and raping their women.

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