…Calls on police to release OPC members
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams on Monday raised the alarm over the alleged killing of four men at Idiyan village, Igangan, Oyo State by suspects believed to be Abdullah Iskilu Wakili’s men.
The four men were hacked to death about 2:00 am on Monday at the village.
It was gathered that two of the men killed were said to be members of the community police in the area.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderem which was made available to newsmen in Ibadan , Adams said the four men were killed in the most gruesome manner.
He added that the audio and pictorial shreds of evidence at his disposal indicated that the killers have been terrorising the village and its environs, engaging in untold kidnapping, killing.
According to him, the suspects have also collected over N800 million as ransom from their captives.
Adams in his words said, ”Wakili men have displaced more than a million residents in the over 10 villages in Oke Ogun. They have raped, and killed residents at will.
“The late Alhaja Sherifat, and the late Dr. Fatai Aborode and several others were killed, and they are still on a rampage till today.
“They have been terrorizing our people for more than six years. Wakili was a comedian, pretending to avoid being investigated.
“He was hail and hearty but started pretending shortly after he was captured.
“It is sad that Kidnapping and killing still continue unabated without any clue as to the time it will end.
“Today, four men were hacked to death at Idiyan village, and it is sad and most unfortunate that the police have not been able to unravel the killers till the present time”.
Expressing worry that the security situation in the southwest is becoming too worrisome, the Yoruba warlord maintained that the situation could have been so worse if not for the efforts of the OPC.
The Yoruba generalissimo, however, warned criminal herders to stay away from the region, disclosing that OPC and other local security operatives will continue to ensure that the region is safe for residents.
Adams, while reacting to the arrest of four members of the OPC that nabbed the notorious kidnapper, he said it is purely an admittance of failure for the police to arrest our gallant men that had assisted them in nabbing the notorious kidnapper, Wakili and three of his men.
“With the detain of the OPC members, it shows, that the police are ready to frustrate the efforts of the people.
“The police that are supposed to commend the joint security team for complementing their efforts went ahead to detain them unjustly, alleging arson and killing of an unknown person, and up till now, the police have failed to unravel the killers of the four men.
“People are beginning to lose confidence in the ability of the police, it will be disastrous for the police to lose the respect of the people,” he said.
Adams, however, urged the police to release the members, and concentrate on getting rid of the Igangan forests of bandits and kidnappers. .