Some members of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) have landed in police trouble for participating in the arrest of alleged Fulani warlord Iskilu Wakili.
The OPC members are loyal to Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, reports say.
They were arrested after arresting Wakili and have been transferred by the Oyo State Police Command to the Force Headquarters in Abuja allegedly on the orders of a top presidential aide.
Wakili has been accused several times by indigenes of Ibarapa of masterminding kidnappings and killings of innocent people in the area.
The OPC members who apprehended him are now said to have been rounded up by the police who, according to a source, now accuse them of burning a Wakili’s wife alive.
The source said a top presidential aide had warned some traditional rulers in Ayete and Ibarapaland not to touch the alleged warlord.
“I told the OPC guys not to arrest Wakili because the Oba of Ayete told me that there is a presidential order on Wakili and that he should not be touched,” the source said.
“When the team that went to arrest Wakili got there, I was called and I told them that members of our group should back down from the operation and that those going there to apprehend Wakili would be arrested.
“Oba Ayete said a top presidential aide called him and warned him that nothing must happen to Wakili. All the steps taken by the OPC guys and the team were already known by the Presidency. All the OPC guys arrested are on their way to Abuja. Wakili has foot soldiers doing the work for him.
“If you observed well, Wakili pretended that he was not well. They burnt the man’s house but the police are now claiming that they burnt Wakili’s wife in it. That is the case the police will use against the OPC boys.
“It was a trap set for the OPC boys and they will be jailed for it. Wakili was used as bait for a trap. I was reliably informed that they were moved from Eleyele to Force CID at Alagbon in Lagos.
“From there, they have been taken to Abuja. Sunday Igboho would have also been arrested but he withdrew at the last minute.”
The arrest of the OPC members came as Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Monday, vowed to prevent a miscarriage of justice on the recent arrests of some OPC members.