- Iskilu Wakili has spoken up on what he knows about kidnapping in Oyo state
- The Fulani leader said he has never been involved in any sort of crime in Ibarapaland
- Moreover, Wakili revealed that his children were victims of kidnap back in 2020
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The Fulani leader in Ibarapaland, Oyo state, Iskilu Wakili, has denied being involved in any form of crime all through his stay in the area.
During interrogation by officers of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Iyaganku, Ibadan, on Tuesday, March 9, Wakili said he has spent not less than 20 years in Ibarapa without being linked with any case of kidnapping until his arrest by members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).
The embattled herder said on the ill-fated day he was picked up by members of the OPC, one of the occupants of his house, Tande, was killed, admitting also that he has many cows which sometimes find their way into the farmlands of Ibarara natives, Daily Trust reports.
“I am not a criminal, my children are not criminals. I don’t know anything about kidnapping or any crime.
"I have many cows and I know they stray into farms at times but I don’t have criminal records anywhere and this can be investigated. After they took me away from my home, a woman, Tande."
In fact, the northerner said that in 2020, he paid ransoms to abductors who kidnapped two of his children.
“Sometime last year, two of my children were kidnapped and I paid millions of naira as ransom before they were released. I am not a kidnapper."
Earlier, Wakili met his waterloo after his arrest by the operatives of the OPC. Wakili, known for seizing hectares of farmlands, molesting the women of the host community, and kidnapping the rich men for ransom in the Ibarapa axis of Oyo state, was nabbed on Sunday, March 7.
Speaking through his media aide Kehinde Aderemi, national OPC leader and Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, confirmed the arrest.
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