The three members of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) arrested in Oyo State in connection with Wakili’s case in Tuesday denied killing anyone or committing arson during the Sunday raid.
The members – Dauda Kazeem (38), Hassan Ramon (39) and Awodele Adedigba (45), said that all they did was to capture Wakili and hand him over to the police at Igboora Division for an investigation into the atrocities he allegedly committed in connection with kidnapping, according to a report by TribuneOnline.
One of the OPC members, Kazeem, talked about abductions that had been taking place in Ibarapa zone, with the latest occurring on Friday, March 5, during which a woman was abducted for a few hours on her way to a farm to buy cashew nuts for sale.
He said that she was released after the abductors collected the N350,000 they found with her and released her when she could not source for more money.
Kazeem stated that it became a source of concern for OPC covering Ibarapa, prompting them to go out in protection of the indigenes on Sunday March 7, which was a market day.
To their surprise, he said, some Fulani men started shooting at them sporadically, which led to their being pursued as they ran to Wakili’s camp to escape, with three of them caught.
Kazeem stated further that Wakili showed his face from inside his residence and started threatening them, but was quickly subdued, arrested and taken to Igboora Division with three others initially arrested.
Kazeem said that they were eventually taken toIbadan with the Fulanis at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku.
He said further that another Fulani who was brought was the one who told the news that someone was killed and Wakili’s camp razed.
He said that none of them knew anything about the reported issue, as they took Wakili to the police station immediately he was apprehended.