– The arrest of a suspected kidnap kingpin, Iskilu Wakili, is causing controversy in Oyo state
– The Oyo state police command explained why it detained some OPC members who arrested Wakili
– However, a sector coordinator of the OPC in Oyo state has faulted the arrest of his men
The Oyo state police command has detained three members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) who arrested a suspected kidnap kingpin, Iskilu Wakili.
Wakili has been accused of being responsible for violent crimes in the Ayete area of Ibarapaland in Oyo state.
According to The Cable, Gbenga Fadeyi, the police spokesperson in the state, accused members of the OPC who arrested the suspect of committing murder.
Fadeyi claimed a woman was burnt to death while the OPC members were attempting to arrest Wakili.
The police spokesperson 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 other persons were picked up.
“The three of them are presently in the custody of the Police. 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.”
However, 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 told The Punch that they did not hurt the suspect when they arrested him.
The OPC leader said it took over four days of continuous operations and surveillance to arrest Wakili and three of his accomplices.
Meanwhile, Chief Femi Fani Kayode, former aviation mister, has commended the OPC following the arrest of notorious kidnapper Iskilu Wakili.
In a reaction, FFK congratulated the Adams-led OPC team for arresting the kidnapper in the forests of Oyo state.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.