The Nigeria Police Force has been accused by the Oodua Peoples Congres of detaining three of its members for arresting notorious Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili, who has been accused of terrorizing the Ayete area of Ibarapaland in Oyo State.
There had been speculations that Wakili who is the leader of herdsmen in the community have been terrorising the community with his followers.
It was gathered that he seized hectares of farmlands at Ayete, raped the women in the town, and kidnapped their rich men for ransom.
The OPC sector coordinator, Adedeji Oluwole, who lead his operatives and other vigilante groups to arrest Wakili, while speaking with Punch said the suspect was arrested on Sunday morning.
Oluwole disclosed that relocated four months ago to Ayete to bring Wakili to book after security agencies failed to arrest him.
He further stated that it took more than four days of continuous operations and surveillance to arrest Wakili and three of his accomplices.
According to Oluwole, more than 10 OPC operatives went on the mission. He said Wakili’s men shot fiercely at the OPC operatives before they were eventually nabbed.
He, however, 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 said
“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.”