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Wakili: Oyo police invite complainant who accused officers of extortion

The Oyo State Police command has invited a complainant, Mr. Ganiyu Omirinde for interrogation. Omirinde’s invitation by the police is sequel...


The Oyo State Police command has invited a complainant, Mr. Ganiyu Omirinde for interrogation.

Omirinde’s invitation by the police is sequel to the allegations he leveled against men of the State Police command over the activities of Isikilu Wakili, a suspect who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the killings, kidnappings and attacks on innocent citizens in Ibarapa geo-political zone of the State.

It was gathered that the Police had earlier invited members of the public to supply them with evidence that can aid the prosecution of the 70-year-old Wakili.

Our correspondent learnt that Omirinde, a youth leader from Ayete in an interview published in a newspaper accused police of working with Wakili.

Omirinde alleged that complainants are often detained and a bailed with Fifty Thousand Naira (#50,000.00) which has resulted in residents’ refusal to further lodge complaints on any Fulani/herders case in the area.

The State Police command has however, said that it has invited the complainant for further information on his allegations against the police.

Public Relations Officer of the State Police command, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday added that the attention of the Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, has been drawn to the allegation.

Fadeyi maintained that the allegation made by Omirinde against the police necessitated his invitation by the Police.

He said, “The attention of the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Onadeko, has been drawn to the news published in page 3 of The Punch Newspaper on Monday 15th March, 2021 about an interview with one Ganiyu Omirinde, a youth leader from Ayete Community, on the arrest of Iskilu Wakili and the allegation that complainants are often detained and a bail of Fifty thousand naira (#50,000.00) is demanded which has resulted in residents’ refusal to further lodge complaints on any Fulani/herders case in the Divisions in that axis.

“Consequent upon this, the Commissioner of Police had directed that Ganiyu Omirinde be invited to hear his part played in the misrepresented news publication. It was gathered that though the interview was conducted, the publication made about him in that regard was an absolute misrepresentation.

“On the strength of the above, the CP wishes to state emphatically that the publication is a misrepresented news that has no base or backing, hence, the Command is seeking a better collaboration with the press and the general public in the propagation of accurate information.

“While the Command would continue to put in place security apparatus to further strengthen the security architecture and relative peace being enjoyed in the State, the CP urges all and sundry not to desist from being law abiding citizens in the State, but constantly supporting the Police with credible and timely information as the best is being done in nipping crime in the bud and bringing insecurity to the barest minimum.”

Recall that some members of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) who arrested Wakili were arrested by the police.