The information, on Sunday morning of the arrest of Iskilu Wakali, who, till his arrest was by far regarded by many as essentially the most dreaded Fulani herdsmen in the entire of the Ibarapa space of Oyo State, got here as an incredible reduction for many individuals within the South-West geopolitical zone.
This was manifested by way of the various feedback hailing the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) that effected his arrest. To many, Wakili had time beyond regulation assumed a bigger than life picture and actually grew to become a legend within the Ibarapa space for his alleged atrocities, which included kidnappings, killings, rape and forceful takeover of hectares of farm land.
Reviews abound of his alleged atrocities, together with making a no entry zone for locals and house owners of farmlands he had taken over in live performance along with his gang of suspected criminals. He, studies say, had change into a Lord of the Manor, who was drastically feared and dreaded.
DAILY POST gathered that safety brokers, together with the police and Oyo State Safety Community officers, often called Amotekun, regardless of having studies of his alleged prison actions, had been unable to storm his camp and impact his arrest, owing largely to his assumed dreaded picture and studies that he was drastically endowed with metaphysical powers and his hoards of equally dreaded lieutenants.
A living proof was when the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde ordered males of the Amotekun corps, 200 in complete, to Igangan and Ayete communities, the place Wakili held forth however had been unable to advance near his location after weeks of tenting in Ayete and additional studies of his actions through the interval. For them, it was too dangerous to enterprise near the place Wakili was.
Nevertheless, the OPC, led by its Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Coordinator, Adedeji Oluwole, introduced his arrest through a video that has gone viral on-line.
Acknowledging the feat of the OPC males, feedback and commendations began pouring in for his or her efforts, which was thought-about a no imply one, particularly for the reason that nation’s safety companies did not stay as much as expectations by arresting the suspected prison to reply for his alleged crime.
DAILY POST studies that the arrest of Wakili got here nearly seven days after the identical OPC males arrested his second-in-command, Isiaka Muhammadu, alongside 4 others.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and chief of the OPC, Gani Adams, confirmed the assault in an announcement on Sunday night time, whereas additionally commending his males.
Based on Adam’s, the Fulani warlord was arrested round 7 am on Sunday and had been handed over to the Divisional Police Workplace in Igbo Ora, Oyo State.
Describing Wakili because the ‘most dreaded, infamous kidnap kingpin’ who had operated in Oyo State, Adams mentioned: “I’m glad that the infamous kidnapper has been captured alongside three others. It’s a good improvement and a constructive sign to different prison components that the South-West is now not an abode for bandits, kidnappers, and prison herders.
“I commend all of the members of the joint safety crew that has made this potential as a result of with the video at my disposal, it was purely a neat job.
“With this improvement, I feel the entire world will agree with me that the battle towards insurgency, kidnapping, and banditry wants native intelligence, data gathering, and grassroots assist from native securities and operatives.
“As I’ve mentioned earlier that the trouble to rid the South-West of bandits and kidnappers was to enrich the efforts of the police and in doing that, it’s also crucial for the police to assist the native safety operatives as a result of they’re all the time on the grassroots and so they have their ears to the bottom on native safety issues.”
Additionally, the pan-Yoruba social-cultural organisation, Afenifere, in its response, counseled the OPC for the feat.
The Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the group, Yinka Odumakin in an announcement on Sunday, mentioned: “Afenifere provides great commendation to OPC underneath Iba Gani Adams for the arrest of Iskilu Wakili, a Fulani bandit who has been spreading terror on our individuals in Ibarapa space and the Nigeria Police and different safety companies unable to do something about him.
“The early morning peaceable arrest confirms our place on how efficient native initiative could be in homeland safety. We weren’t shocked that however for the intervention by the management in Oyo State, the Police would have gone after the OPC boys as an alternative of taking the prison from them and do the needful.
“Nigeria goes nowhere with a safety community that shuns federalism.”
Regardless of the outpouring of commendations for the OPC, a twist was, nonetheless, added to the event with the arrest of three of the lads who effected the arrest.
Chief of the OPC crew, Oluwole mentioned he was shocked that the police detained three of his males after they handed over Wakili.
“We took Wakili and three others from Igangan to Igboora and handed them over to the DPO at Igboora. The title of the DPO is Ajayi Mark. As I’m speaking to you, they’ve taken them to Iyaganku on the State CID in Ibadan with three of my boys.
“Once we took Wakili to the police this morning, the police mentioned we must always take Wakili to the hospital first which we refused as a result of we’re not ready to try this. We advised the police that they’ve been complaining all today that they needed to arrest Wakili and now we’ve got introduced Wakili to their doorstep, they need to take over.
“No person touched Wakili, no one harm him, there aren’t any traces of any harm on him. He’s an previous man and we had promised the entire world that we received’t harm them however we might arrest them for the entire world to see who’s Wakili as a result of all these whereas, he has been a faceless particular person, no one is aware of him. We didn’t beat him or hurt him. Once we nabbed him, we put him inside a automobile and handed him over to the police.
“The DPO then mentioned he received a sign from the CP (Commissioner of Police) in Iyaganku. They’ve taken three of my males to Iyaganku now.”
Confirming the arrest of the OPC males, the Oyo State Police Command issued an announcement disclosing that Wakili, which it described as frail, previous and blind, had been moved to a hospital.
“The State Commissioner of Police has rapidly moved into motion and preliminary findings revealed that some OPC members went to Kajola group in Ibarapa North Native authorities Space of Oyo State. Whereas there, the home of the Wakili in query was set ablaze, whereas a feminine (the identification of whom is but to be ascertained) was burnt within the hearth and Wakili (about 75 years previous and blind) with two (2) different individuals had been picked up. The three (3) of them are presently within the custody of the Police. The Commissioner of Police has directed that Wakili (as a consequence of his frail look and state of well being), be moved to the Hospital, whereas others are being interrogated. Others being interrogated are the OPC members concerned in arson and homicide.”
The command, additional within the assertion solicited for whoever has a case towards Wakili to return ahead.
“Due to this fact, it’s worthy of observe that the nice individuals of Oyo State and most of the people ought to be relaxation assured that the officers and males within the Command wouldn’t derelict in its responsibility to convey to ebook prison components arrested for any infringement on the legal guidelines of the land, as satisfactory safety measures have been emplaced towards something untoward whereas soliciting credible data from members of the general public to allow the Police and different safety companies clampdown on crime and criminality within the State. In conclusion, anyone that has any case towards Iskilu Wakili ought to report it to the State Felony Investigation Division, (CID) Iyaganku Ibadan for discreet Investigation”, the assertion signed by the command’s spokesman, Gbenga Fedeyi added.
The arrest of the OPC operatives has, nonetheless, pitched some Nigerians towards the police and the federal government, with the concern that Wakili’s case might quickly be swept underneath the carpet.
Commenting of the event, one @shola_ebenezer mentioned: “His case will quickly be transferred to Abuja, and nothing will occur as a consequence of lack of diligent prosecution from the police. The FG might even should pay him for detaining him with out cheap trigger. No be right this moment e begin.”[email protected] mentioned: “The IGP will name for his case file, he could be transferred to Abuja and that’ll be the top. He’d be launched. That is how Nigeria is.”
One other Twitter consumer, @solex5k mentioned: “I’m fairly certain that Mr PRESIDENCY will set him free, be careful”, whereas @herculean_me mentioned, “Watch and see FG and its companies do every thing potential to place a twist to this and to safe the discharge of the murderous kidnappers. Simply watch.”
Anyaegby Sylvester, whereas commenting on Fb, mentioned: “Some formidable Westerners will nonetheless work for his launch and shamelessly let you know that they’re selling nationwide unity. Let’s hold our fingers crossed and see the unfolding tales.”
Chukwuemeka Okechukwu famous that “Abuja will give order quickly for his launch & compensation.”
Alarmed by the twist added to Wakili’s arrest, residents of Igangan city within the Ibarapa space, additionally on Sunday night referred to as on the police to right away launch the OPC males.
The residents made the decision in an announcement by the President, Igangan Improvement Advocates, Oladokun Oladiran, describing the arrest of the OPC operatives as an assault on the sensibilities of all women and men of excellent will, not solely throughout Yoruba land however anyplace on the earth.
Oladokun mentioned: “Criminals are presupposed to be those which might be underneath arrest and detainment however the state of affairs is reversed within the case of Iskilu Wakili. We’ve seen the pattern the place those that are presupposed to be celebrated are arrested. We must always rejoice OPC males and never victimise them.
“We are going to proceed to shout for the entire world to listen to it. It’s morally improper to rejoice criminals and victimize heroes. Wakili is a prison who terrorised us for therefore a few years. The OPC operatives are heroes. Those that arrested them ought to desist and launch them instantly and commend them.”
On it’s half, a civil society organisation, the Worldwide Alliance for Justice and Peace (IAJP), in its response, condemned the arrest of the OPC operatives, describing it as an assault on the Yoruba individuals which matches on to indicate that safety forces are encouraging the assaults on Yoruba land by prison components masquerading as Fulani herders.
In an announcement on Sunday night signed by its convener, Dr Seun Kolade, the group mentioned: “The OPC accomplished this operation with none bloodshed to the alleged gang chief and members, even within the face of utmost provocation during which gang members shot a number of occasions on the OPC members.
“In finishing up this operation with such exemplary self-discipline, the OPC has not solely impressed hope among the many lengthy struggling residents of the beleaguered group, it has additionally laid down a excessive normal for cooperation between residents and police and safety forces within the collective effort to sort out the menace of gang violence and terrorism throughout Yoruba land.
“Tragically, nonetheless, we’re horrified to listen to studies that males of the Nigerian police have arrested members of the heroic OPC crew that commendably and impeccably effected the apprehension of the lethal Wakili and his males!
“This alleged act is an outrageous assault on the sensibilities of all women and men of excellent will, not solely throughout Yoruba land however anyplace on the earth! It’s a longtime and acceptable precept of regulation that residents have the correct to, and are the truth is inspired to apprehend particular person or people who’ve dedicated or are within the strategy of committing indictable or felonious acts, the likes of these Wakilu and his males have been accused.
“We name on the police excessive command to research this reported incident, because it undermines the working synergy that ought to exist between the police and neighbourhoods’ safety stakeholders.
“It additionally validates the notion that the Buhari-led Nigerian safety forces are outdoing themselves to substantiate lengthy held suspicions that it’s complicit within the marketing campaign of terror at present ravaging Yoruba land.
“If not convincingly rebutted, it could basically additional set a harmful message that restraint and cooperation with safety companies is just not a viable possibility for regulation abiding residents who solely wish to stay their lives in peace.”
As famous by IAJP, might Nigerians whose views DAILY POST sought on the event, had been of the view that the motion of the police has the tendency of sending the improper sign to residents, particularly these on the receiving finish of the crimes being dedicated by terrorists, bandits and prison herdsmen throughout the nation.
For some respondents, this arrest of the OPC can solely be likened to the aerial bombardments and additional floor offensives towards the Japanese Safety Community (ESN), by the Nigerian army. They argued that the ESN is a toddler of necessity, similar to the Amotekun, to safe the lives and property of the individuals of the South-East.
For Mr. Adewale Adeoye, the arrest of Wakili would have been a good way to start out the week on a vibrant observe. However regrettably famous that nothing in Nigeria appear to ever observe the correct course.
“You wanted to see how elated I used to be after I heard the information. I used to be even happier after I noticed the video of Iskilu Wakili’s arrest. It introduced nice reduction to me. I’m from Oyo State, Ibarapa space for that matter. I do know what our individuals are going by way of on the market. In actual fact, most of us can’t even journey residence any longer due to the concern of Wakili and his prison gang.
“So it was a factor of pleasure for me and plenty of others. Nevertheless, arresting those that risked their lives to present us the a lot wanted peace and secured surroundings is like including insult upon our harm as a individuals. What’s the police considering? How are you going to say you might be arresting the OPC guys for arson and homicide? Have been they there? How come they instantly received to know what occurred in Igangan or in Wakili’s camp, a spot they dared not enterprise into.
“The reality is that the world is starting to know the conspiracy concerned within the so-called herders/farmers disaster. A few of us mentioned it in time previous that it’s not disaster between herders and farmers, however an invasion of our area for eventual takeover and that the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari can’t, in all honesty absolve itself from this conspiracy. I assume we can have lots to speak about within the days and weeks forward, as a number of revelations will come out with this Wakili’s improvement”, Adeoye mentioned.
In his personal response, Tayo Oduola, a Lagos resident, argued that the arrest of the OPC operatives is a harmful improvement, noting that the police have solely succeeded in destroying no matter synergy or cooperation they badly wanted as solutions to the spate of insecurity within the nation.
He additionally sees a potential return to the previous methods of the OPC, the place they meted immediate jungle justice to arrested criminals, with out permitting the regulation to take it’s pure course in coping with criminals.
“The police and by extension, the federal government has simply ruined their probabilities in getting the individuals to hitch palms with them to battle insecurity. If I might be arrested for arresting a famed prison and interrogated for arson and homicide, then why trouble myself? Let the federal government do what they’re elected to do and the police perform the duties they’re employed and paid for.
“I, nonetheless, foresee a state of affairs the place these OPC boys are pushed to their previous methods. The arrest of the three OPC males could be what they wanted to renew meting out jungle justice on suspected criminals. These individuals might have killed Wakili and his boys there within the forest however they elected at hand him over to the police, solely to be arrested. If time is just not taken, these guys could declare conflict on the criminals hiding within the bush and take the legal guidelines into their palms. That, clearly is just not what the federal government would need.”
Talking additionally to DAILY POST, Mr. Chike Obiora mentioned that the individuals of the South-West ought to get up to the fact, arguing that if care is just not taken, the ESN remedy might quickly be given to OPC, Amotekun and the likes of Sunday Igboho.
“That is what self defending teams within the South-East have been dealing with. Bear in mind the army motion towards ESN? The one offence of the ESN was that they needed to offer safety for lives and property of their individuals and save them from incessant assaults by murderous criminals hiding underneath the guise of herdsmen. However after all, the federal government thought in any other case.
“Bear in mind additionally that prior to now, an try was made to arrest Sunday Igboho solely as a result of he needed his individuals to stay in peace. That’s the fact of the current day Nigeria underneath President Buhari the place the victims are consigned to perpetual sufferings with out authorities coming to their rescue and any try at self serving to turns into an offence. Like Fela Anikulapo Kuti sang, this authorities needs us to maintain ‘struggling and smiling,” Obiora contended.
Different respondents, nonetheless. referred to as on the police authorities to right away launched the arrested OPC, apologise to them and commend them for his or her effort, whereas additionally embarking on diligent investigation into the actions of Wakili, which they claimed abounds in Ibarapa space and prosecute him in a clear method.
Additionally they famous that failure to make sure correct investigation, diligent and clear prosecution, will solely assist those that imagine the federal government is complicit within the present spate of insecurity advance their course and have better proof to again their conspiracy theories.