- The actual identities of OPC members who spent days in police custody following the arrest of Iskilu Wakili are now in the public domain
- The police command in Oyo detained the local vigilante operatives on Tuesday, March 9
- This came after reactions and outcries over alleged unfairness on the part of the police
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The police command in Oyo on Tuesday, March 9, released Dauda Kazeem, Awodele Adedigba, and Ramon Hassan, all of whom were members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) who were earlier detained over the arrest of Iskilu Wakili.
According to The Nation, the trio was released at the Iyaganku police station in the state.
The release of Kazeem, Adedigba, and Hassan was witnessed by the coordinator of the OPC in Oyo, Comrade Rotimi Oguntunde alongside Ademola Akeem, the special adviser to the state governor on culture and tourism.
Meanwhile, Wakili had 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 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.
“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.
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