The Oodua People’s Congress, OPC has refuted claims by some media outlets that its operatives detained by the Oyo State Police Command have been moved to Abuja allegedly on the orders of a top presidential aide.
This was disclosed by the OPC Coordinator in Oyo State, Rotimi Olumo, in a telephone interview with journalists on Tuesday.
Olumo said the three operatives are still at State Criminal Investigation Department in Iyaganku, Ibadan and all efforts are being made to secure their release.
He said, “Our men are still in police custody here at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Iyaganku, Ibadan. I saw them this afternoon after a meeting with the police. They have not been moved anywhere and we are working on their release.”
It would be recalled that the media had earlier reported that the OPC, on Sunday, arrested notorious Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili, accused of terrorizing villages in the Ibarapa area of the state.
The OPC later handed over Wakili to the Oyo State Police Command but the police detained three OPC operatives for allegedly burning down Wakili’s house and killing an unknown woman in the process.
However, the OPC had said the murder and arson allegations against his men were false, adding that Wakili and his three accomplices were immediately handed over to the police in Igboora after their arrest.
The OPC had thereby called on Yoruba leaders to come to the rescue of its men, saying it is unfortunate that the police resorted to hunting its men after arresting the notorious Fulani warlord while Wakili was moved to the hospital.