Youths from the Ibarapa area of Oyo State, on Monday, protested at the State Secretariat at Agodi, Ibadan, demanding the unconditional release of three members of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, who were arraigned by the police after apprehending alleged Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili.
The youths also registered their displeasure against the incessant killings of their people and the destruction of their farms by criminal herdsmen.
According to reports, the protesters, armed with placards with various inscriptions denouncing killings, kidnappings, rape and massive destruction of farms and other atrocities, stormed the Governor’s Office around 10:40 am to register their displeasure about the security issues in the area.
Speaking with newsmen during the protest, one of the organisers of the protest, Oladiran Oladokun, who is also the Convener of Igangan Development Advocates said Wakili terrorised the people for so long, adding that despite their refusal to arrest him, the OPC members and others risked their lives to arrest the septuagenarian herder but they were detained by the police on the same day.
He further added that the arraignment and remanding of the three OPC members was a signal to many Nigerians that security agencies cannot be trusted.
“We are here to protest the arrest and remand of the three OPC members in prison. These men are heroes, they risked their lives to arrest Wakili who has terrorised the people of Kajola, Ayete and other villages.
“They went to Wakili’s place and arrested him but the police turned against them and detained them. This is a bad signal to Nigerians on security issues,” Oladokun said.