The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has debunked reports in some section of the media on Tuesday that three of its operatives were moved to Abuja, confirming that they are still detained by the Oyo State Police Command.
OPC Coordinator in Oyo State, Rotimi Olumo, was said to have stated this on Tuesday, according to The Punch.
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.”
Earlier, VANTAGE NEWS 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.
But 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 appealed to 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.
Prior to Wakili’s arrest, farmers and residents of Ayete, Kajola and neighbouring villages in Ibarapaland were living in palpable fear of Wakili who was accused of displacing them from their farms, kidnapping their rich men and raping their women.