Iskilu Wakili, said to be a notorious leader of a kidnapping gang, has been arrested in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Wakili, who was arrested on Sunday, is accused of being responsible for a series of kidnappings and killings in the state .
Police Public Relations Officer, Fadeyi Olugbenga, confirmed his arrest in a statement on Sunday, saying it was sequel to information that a group of persons had invaded the Kajola community in the Ibarapa axis of the state.
According to him the invasion was “aimed at arresting one Wakili, a Fulani by tribe, who is alleged to be the sponsor and mastermind of various criminal attacks against the people/farmers of Yoruba origin in the community.”
Olugbenga added, “The State Commissioner of Police has quickly moved into action and preliminary findings revealed that some OPC members went to the Kajola community in Ibarapa North Local government Area of Oyo State,” the statement partly read.
“While there, the house of the Wakili in question was set ablaze, while a female (the identity of who is yet to be ascertained) was burnt in the fire and Wakili (about 75 years old and blind) with two (2) other persons were picked up.
“The three of them are presently in the custody of the Police. The Commissioner of Police has directed that Wakili (due to his frail appearance and state of health), be moved to the Hospital, while others are being interrogated. Others being interrogated are the OPC members, involved in arson and murder.”