Oyo: Suspected Kidnap Kingpin, Wakili Charged To Court, Remanded


Iskilu Wakili, a Fulani leader in Oyo state alleged to be the arrowhead of kidnappings in the state has been remanded in a correctional facility.

An Iyaganku chief magistrate court in Ibadan, Oyo capital, gave the order on Tuesday.

The Precision NG reports that Wakili was arrested by the Oodua Peoples Congress and other security outfits in Kajola, Ibarapa area of the state last week.

He was thereafter handed over to the police.

There have been accusations against Wakili by residents of the area of having links to kidnappers. He was also accused of being a leader of armed Fulani herders who attack farmers and destroy their farmland.

Wakili was charged alongside his sons Abu, Samaila and Aliyu Manu– on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery.

The prosecuting counsel, Adewale Amos informed the court that Wakili and his sons allegedly conspired together to commit the offences.

Amos added that on October 20, 2015, Wakili caused the death of one Akinwale Akande, a police corporal, while he was on duty.

He also said that on August 15, 2020, Wakili and some other suspects kidnapped a woman and robbed her of N100, 000 in the Idi-Emi area of the state.

The presiding judge, Emmanuel Idowu ordered that Wakili and his sons be remanded in Abolongo correctional facility.

He also ordered the police to return the case file to the state Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

The matter has been adjourned until May 17 for mention.

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