Youths protest insecurity in Ibarapaland, detention of OPC members

Youths from various parts of Oyo State have stormed the state secretariat at Agodi to register their displeasure against incessant killings by criminal herdsmen in Ibarapaland, Oke-Ogun, and other parts of the state.

The youth also protested against the arrest and remand of three members of the Odua People’s Congress in prison.

The three members were part of a vigilance group that arested a Fulani herder in Ibarapaland, Iskilu Wakili.

They were later charged with murder and arson and remanded in prison.

The protesters, who were mainly from Ibarapaland, stormed the secretariat, where the Governor’s Office is located, around 10.40am.

They displayed placards with various inscriptions denouncing killings, kidnappings, rape and destruction of farms and other atrocities.

One of the protest leaders, Mr Oladiran Oladokun, who is also the convener of the Igangan Development Advocates, said the arraignment and remand of the three OPC members was a signal that security agents should not be assisted.

Oladokun said, “These men are heroes; they risked their lives to arrest Wakili, who has terrorised the people of Kajola, Ayete and other villages.

“They went to Wakili’s place and arrested him, but the police turned against them and detained them. This is a bad signal to Nigerians on security issues.”

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