Monday, March 8, 2021

Police arrest OPC members over herder-kidnap suspect

The police got hard knocks yesterday for arresting members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) after members apprehended a suspected kidnap kingpin, Iskilu Wakiliin Ayete, in Oyo State.


Wakilin is believed to be the leader of a group of herdsmen, terrorising farmers in Ibarapa area in Oyo State.

Following the expulsion of Seriki Hausa Ibarapa by Sunday Igboho, Wakilin reportedly mounted no-cross zone on farms, sending warnings to indigenes of Ayete in Ibarapa and often boasted that he could not be evicted from the town.

Along with his battalion of herders, he was said to have displaced farmers and forcibly invaded their farms with cattle, shooting farmers who crossed the no-cross zone line he created.

Due to his deadly atrocities, farmers deserted their farms and could not harvest their crops.

Also at the weekend, two farmers were found dead on their farms in Ekiti. They had gunshot wound in their bodies. They were believed to have been killed by herdsmen.

The police in Oyo State confirmed the arrest of three members of OPC after they arrested Wakiliin.

The police said the men are being interrogated for their involvement in arson and murder while carrying out the arrest. 

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