Afenifere reacts as OPC nabs Iskilu Wakili, notorious bandit terrorizing Ibarapa farmers - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE


Sunday, 7 March 2021

Afenifere reacts as OPC nabs Iskilu Wakili, notorious bandit terrorizing Ibarapa farmers

By Our Correspondent

There is likely to be respite for farmers and residents in Ayete, a town in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State, as members of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) Sunday morning arrested one Iskilu Wakili, a notorious Fulani warlord who killed and maimed with daring effrontery and crude savagery.

Wakili became the most feared bandit in Ibarapa farmers after the eviction of the Seriki Fulani, Abdulkadri Saliu, from Igangan also in Ibarapaland.

However his reign of terror came to a juddering end Sunday morning when a detachment of Iba Gani Adams’ OPC personnel swooped into the community to arrest Wakili, who had long boasted he was untouchable.

Unconfirmed reports said he has since been handed over to the police.

Wakili established no cross-zone on farms to send warnings to the people of the town that he cannot be evicted, which his men enforced by shooting at farmers who trespassed the no cross-zone.

Wakili worked with dozens of other bandits who are his disciples and together, they seized hectares of farmlands at Ayete, raped the women in the rustic town, and kidnapped their rich men for ransom.

The man was so audacious that renamed the overrun settlements to bear his name. People now call the conquered places ‘Iga Wakili’.

Meanwhile, fenifere on Sunday said it gives ‘tremendous commendation’ to the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) under Iba Gani Adams for the arrest of Iskilu Wakili.

The group, in a statement by its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin said it was relieved at the arrest of ‘the Fulani bandit who has been spreading terror on our people in Igboho area and the Nigerian police and other security agencies unable to do anything about him.

“The early morning peaceful arrest confirms our position on how effective local initiative can do well in homeland security.

“We were not shocked that but for the intervention by the leadership in Oyo state, the police would have gone after the OPC boys instead of taking the criminal from them and doing the needful.

” Nigeria is going nowhere with a security network that shuns federalism. Well done, OPC.”