Youths from the Ibarapa area of Oyo State on Monday stormed the office of Seyi Makinde, the state governor, to protest the spate of insecurity in the area and the state in general.
The protesting youths also lamented the arrest and the remand of three members of the O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) who captured Iskilu Wakili, the Fulani leader alleged to have committed henious crimes in Ibarapa.
The protesters stormed the Oyo State Secretariat, Ibadan, the state capital, where the Governor’s Office is located at around 10:40am to register their displeasure about security issue in the area.
They arrived carrying placards with different inscriptions complaining about killings, kidnapping, rape and massive destruction of farms and other atrocities.
Oladiran Oladokun, the Convener of Igangan Development Advocates, said the protesters were at the governor’s office to demonstrate against what he described as the “bad signal” shown to Nigerians by the security operatives with the arrest of the OPC members and not Wakili.
According to Oladokun, Wakili terrorised the Ibarapa people for a long time and the OPC members risked their lives in order to arrest him despite the refusal of the police to do so.
“We are here to protest the arrest and remand of the three OPC members in prison. 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,” Oladokun told the Punch.