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Police Lied, We Didn’t Burn Down Iskilu Wakili’s House – OPC




The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, has denied the report by the police that its members burnt down the house of notorious Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili after he was arrested on Sunday.

The OPC said no one was killed when ten of its operatives carried out Wakili’s arrest on Sunday morning.

The OPC sector coordinator, Ayodeji Oluwole, said that Wakili and three of his accomplices were immediately handed over to the police in Igboora.

The Oyo State Police Command in a statement on Sunday said that it detained three OPC operatives for allegedly burning down Wakili’s house and killing an unknown woman in the process.

However, speaking in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, Oluwole, the OPC sector coordinator who led his operatives and other vigilante groups to arrest Wakili, said the allegations of arson and murder by the police were untrue.

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Asked whether his men burnt down Wakili’s house after the arrest, the OPC leader said, “We don’t know anything about that. After we arrested Wakili, we left the scene. We had no idea whether the house was burnt or a woman was killed. It was last night that we read the news that a woman was killed at the scene of the incident.

“We arrested Wakili and three of his men. Nobody touched them. We were not there to kill anybody or to burn the house.”

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

Oluwole said, “My boys are still in police custody but we call on Yoruba leaders to come to our rescue because these boys are innocent; they know nothing about these allegations. Up till now, they have not taken them to court and they are still in their custody. Even I myself, the police have been chasing me and I’m shocked because I have not committed any offence.”

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Wakili had until his arrest terrorised farmers and residents of Ayete, Kajola and neighbouring villages in Ibarapaland.

He was accused of displacing them from their farms, kidnapping their rich men and raping their women.

Oluwole expressed dismay that the police were witch-hunting the OPC men for executing what the police failed to do.

“We feel bad that the police treat our men like this while they pamper Wakili. We don’t have any regret whatsoever. We hand over everything to God. If the government cannot protect the people of Ibarapa and environ, I think there is nothing wrong if we protect ourselves.

“The case of Wakili has been on ground for several years and the Federal Government did nothing about it. But now that Wakili has been arrested, they started threatening us but we are not moved. We believe the people of Ibarapa will overcome this by the grace of God.”

Credit: The PUNCH

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