Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has reacted to the capture of the Fulani warlord, Isikilu Wakili, who was arrested yesterday by a team of Odua People’s Congress (OPC) in the Ibaraba area of the state.
In a statement posted on his Twitter page, Makinde said the State government is not unaware of the arrest and calls for calm from the citizens of the state.
He wrote; “we are aware of the events regarding Isikilu Wakili at Kajola Community in Ibarapa North LGA, and the Nigeria police’s handling of the matter. I want to assure you that we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that the interests of the good people of Oyo State are protected.”
Makinde there urged all citizens of the state to report any security breaches by calling a provided “615 toll-free” number.
Wakili, a dreaded Fulani warlord was arrested through a concerted effort of members of the OPC, a team of Ibarapa Security Operatives, and some other groups on Sunday, March 7, 2021.
He and his gang are alleged to have for years been executing a series of killings, rapes, kidnapping, land grabbing and other nefarious activities in the state.
Narrating their experience during the arrest of the notorious kingship, Chief Adedeji Oluwole, “We assured the whole world that we would capture Wakili alive without any blood spillage, although his foot soldiers opened fire at us, with the protection from God and Oduduwa, none of us was harmed.”
“He has been captured alongside some of his fighters and we are going to hand him over to the law enforcement agencies”
Other arrested alongside Wakili includes one Alfa Sumaila who claims to be Wakili’s nephew and two others.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Police Command, while receiving the suspect from the security team, is reported to have detained three members of the OPC who arrested the kidnapper.
Confirming the detention, the police spokesperson in the state, Gbenga Fadeyi, said they acted on information gathered that a woman was killed during the raid on Wakili.
This development has however sparked serious reactions as Nigerians have expressed shock at the need to arrest the OPC members who they say have risked their lives to help apprehend the dreaded
Wakili has been accused of being responsible for violent crimes in the Ayete area of Ibarapaland in Oyo state.
Gbenga Fadeyi, the police spokesperson in the state, accused members of the OPC who arrested the suspect of committing murder.
Meanwhile, Adedeji Oluwole, the OPC sector coordinator who led his operatives to arrest Wakili, expressed shock that the police detained three of his men after they handed over the suspect.
He said that they did not hurt the suspect when they arrested him.