Police finally bows to pressure, releases OPC men who arrested Wakili
Information reaching ogbomosoinsightonline.com reveals that the four operatives of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) held since Sunday, March 7, for their role in the arrest of notorious Fulani herdsman, Iskilu Wakili and three others in Kajola area of Ibarapa have been released by the police.
A leader of the OPC in Oyo state made this disclosure during a chat with ogbomosoinsightonline.com this evening disclosing that the four have at long last regained freedom.
The OPC leader who however preferred anonymity said the police was compelled to set them free after coming under intense pressure from the Yoruba defence group and a section of the southwest leaders.
“How can you hold men who risked their lives to arrest criminals? What for? Is it not to assist the police? What signal is the police sending to the citizens by detaining people who assisted you to round up suspected criminals?
“The police have been calling for community policing and involvement of local people in security architecture in the country, so, how will people key into that if you turn around to bite them. It is never done. Yoruba land must be defended whether the police like it or not,” the OPC chieftain stated.
It would be recalled that the police command in the state have held on to the men on the accusation that they razed the residence of Wakili during which an unidentified woman was said to have died even though the police produced no evidence of a burning house or charred remains of anyone to buttress the allegation.
People thus believe that the police was merely playing ethnic card ordered by the powers that be at Abuja.
This is just as Oyo state governor Engr. Seyi Makinde has assured that there won’t be miscarriage of justice in the case.