Notorious Kidnap Kingpin in Ibarapa, Wakili, Arrested

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A Fulani warlord, who has been terrorising Ibarapa area of Oyo State, Iskilu Wakili, has been arrested.

Wakili was arrested by a joint team of Ibarapa security operatives, including Oodua Peoples Congress, Vigilante, and other groups on Sunday.

The Fulani warlord has been reported to be involved in kidnapping of people in the area, leading to calls for his arrest by residents.

Confirming his arrest, the Aare Ona-Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, on Sunday, said Wakili was arrested with three other persons around 7am.

The statement added that the warlord had been handed over to the Divisional Police Office in Igbo Ora, Oyo State.

“I am happy that the notorious kidnapper had been captured alongside three others. It is a good development and a positive signal to other criminal elements that the South-West is no longer an abode for bandits, kidnappers, and criminal herders.

“I commend all the members of the joint security team that has made this possible because with the video at my disposal, it was purely a neat job.

“With this development, I think the whole world will agree with me that the fight against insurgency, kidnapping, and banditry needs native intelligence, information gathering, and grassroots support from local securities and operatives.

“As I have said earlier that the effort to rid the South-West of bandits and kidnappers was to complement the efforts of the police and in doing that, it is also very important for the police to support the local security operatives because they are always at the grassroots and they have their ears to the ground on local security matters,” the statement said.

Wakili’s arrest came barely a week after his lieutenant, Isiaka Muhammadu, was arrested alongside four others.