The Oyo State Police command has declared that it has arrested some members of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) in connection with the earlier arrest of Isikilu Wakili.
Recall that Wakili, a Fulani herdsman was accused of terrorising residents of Ibarapa geo-political zone of the state.
Our correspondent gathered that after a series of alleged attacks on residents by Wakili, some members of Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) on Sunday arrested the suspect.
The suspect was later handed over to the police.
The Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed that Wakili was still in Police custody in an interview earlier on Sunday.
The command has, however, said that some of the OPC members have been arrested in connection with the arrest of Wakili.
Fadeyi, who confirmed the arrest of the OPC members, noted that the OPC members were still in police custody as at the time of filing this report on Sunday night.
He also confirmed that two other people were arrested along with Wakili.
Fadeyi noted that the OPC members invaded Wakili’s residence and allegedly killed one person.
He alleged that the OPC members were arrested for setting ablaze Wakili’s residence and killing one person.
He also added that the OPC members also set Wakili’s house ablaze.
Fadeyi added that anybody that has any case against Wakili should report it to the State Criminal Investigation Department, (CID) Iyaganku Ibadan.
He added that this is to ensure discreet Investigation.
He added that the prime suspect, Wakili has been taken to an hospital due to his health condition.
Fadeyi in a statement made available to DAILY POST Sunday evening said, “The Oyo State Police Command would like to inform the general public that at about 0900 hrs of date (7th March 2021), information was received that a group of persons, (later found out to be members of the Odua Peoples Congress- OPC), had invaded Kajola community in Ibarapa axis of the State.
“The invasion was reportedly 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.
“The State Commissioner of Police has quickly moved into action and preliminary findings revealed that some OPC members went to Kajola community in Ibarapa North Local government Area of Oyo State.
“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.”
BREAKING: Tension in Imo as gunmen engage police in shootout
There is palpable fear in Imo State on Tuesday as gunmen engaged police in a gun duel as they attempted to burn Orji Divisional Police Headquarters situated on Owerri-Okigwe Road in Owerri under reconstruction.
Security operatives made up of soldiers, policemen and Air Force engaged the hoodlums in shootout which resulted to casualties on the side of the hoodlums
The situation caused panic in the area that forced two banks in the area to hurriedly close.
Customers and passersby took to their heels as vehicles diverted while motorists scampered for safety after running out of their vehicles. The situation caused serious gridlock around the city
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the gunmen, numbering over 20 attacked the police station after blocking the expressway with their vehicles.
Reacting, the police spokesman, SP Bala Elkanah said the police were able to repel the hoodlums before they could destroy the police station.
Some hoodlums in their number launched an offensive on the reconstruction site of Orji Divisional Headquarters which was earlier burnt by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest in 2020. A philanthropist contracted the reconstruction project.
The hoodlums, who believed that the re-establishment of a functional police station may prevent them from carrying out their nefarious acts in Orji and environs, decided to invade the construction site.
Before the arrival of reinforcement team, the hoodlums melted into the neighbouring townships area but abandoned their operational vehicles. The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc personally led an enforcement team to the scene.
The whole area was cordoned and five suspects, namely Chigaemezu Sabastine ‘m’ 26 years old, Casmir Ibe ‘m’ 36years old, John Chinonso ‘m’ 24years old, Chukwudi Okoro ‘m’ 28years and Alozie Daberechi ‘m’ 25years old were arrested. No life was lost. Three vehicles were recovered.
He said, mop up operation is ongoing to arrest more suspects and recover their firearms.
It was not ascertained whether there was any casualty on the said of the security agents, but the police Spokesperson in the state, Bala Elkana, said that ” we are repelling them. The war is ongoing. There is heavy security operatives detachment deployed to the scene. We have taken the way to them. We are wining. There is high number of casualties on the side of the hoodlums.”
It would be recalled that the same police Divisional headquarters was in 2020 burnt during the nationwide #ENDSARS protest.
Primate Ayodele exposes three PDP govs allegedly planning to decamp to APC
The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has revealed three state governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, planning to decamp to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Primate Ayodele revealed that the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammed Matawalle, Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and their Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu are planning to defect from PDP to APC.
In a statement on Tuesday, the clergyman noted that Matawalle has made up his mind already, while Ugwuanyi and Ikpeazu are still contemplating defecting from PDP to APC.
He warned that if the PDP’s reconciliation committee fails to work things out, they will eventually decamp to the APC.
‘’The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammed Matawalle has made up his mind to leave the PDP. He is 99 percent out, If the party does not manage its situation well, the Governor of Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu will follow suit.
“They are currently contemplating and planning a strategy to leave the party, they are 40% out.’’
This is coming after the popular prophet made a prophecy days back that he foresees that PDP will lose more governors soon after the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade decamped last week.
Primate Ayodele made it known that six top members that include governors, senators and honourable will leave the party if the party leaders do not work things out.
BREAKING: Suspected Suicide Bomber Blows Self Up In Ebonyi
A yet-to-be identified middle-aged man suspected to be a suicide bomber blew up himself in Afikpo local government area of Ebonyi State.
The incident happened at about 11.30am on Tuesday opposite the campus 2 of Amaizu/Amangbala primary school in Afikpo LGA of the state.
A resident of the area, who spoke to LEADERSHIP on condition of anonymity, said that on hearing the sound of the explosion, residents of the area scampered for safety.
He said that the yet-to-be identified man was carrying explosive, which exploded on his body killing him instantly.
He noted that after few minutes, the residents reconvened at the scene of the incident only to discover the suspected suicide bomber laying dead in the pool of his own blood.
The resident, who pointed out that the incident happened close to the Eke Market in Afikpo, which happens to be the biggest market in the area, said that there was tension and panic in the community following the incident.
According to the source, the suspected bomber was earlier seen wandering within the area, adding that “He first came into a beer parlour and when the people inquired who he was, he left.”
He was said to have moved to the school side and when the gateman asked him to go back, he made effort to remove his clothes when the explosive went off.
Efforts to get the reactions of the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loverth Odah and the State Commissioner for Internal Security, Boarder Peace and Conflict Resolutions, Chief Stanley Emegha, proved abortive as several calls put across to them were not answered.