Sunday, May 9

Ibarapa unrest: Detained OPC Members Released on Bail

Oyo state police Command has granted bail to the three members of Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, who were being detained over an alleged arson on the residence of a suspected Herder warlord, Isikilu Wakili during which a woman was said to have been burnt to death.

They were released from the police custody at Iyaganku Ibadan at about six o clock this evening.

Their release was sequel to the intervention of the Oyo State government and the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams.

The three detained OPC members were released in the presence of Oyo State Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Mr Rotimi Oguntunde otherwise known as Olumo, Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mr Ademola Akeem Ige and a lawyer.

Earlier in an interview with Radio Nigeria,the OPC members, Dauda Kazeem, Ramoni Hazzan and Awodele Adedigba, had denied involvement in an alleged arson on the residence of the suspected herder, Wakili.

They explained that they only apprehended Wakili and three of his men as directed by their Zonal Coordinator and handed them over to the Police for allegedly being in the habit of terrorising the indigenes of Ibarapa area of the state.

In the meantime, over two hundred farmers on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest in Ayete over the security situation in Ibarapa land which they PROTEST IN described as worrisome.

Meanwhile the public police relations officer, oligbenga Fadeyi said Mr Wakili Iskilu and three others are still being detained at the Oyo state criminal investigation department, iyaganku for further interrogation.

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