Iskilu Wakili, the self-acclaimed Fulani warload, has been arrested by a team of security operatives located in Ibarapa area of Oyo state.



Wakili had challenged Sunday Adeyemo, a youth leader popularly known as Sunday Igboho, to a duel after he (Igboho) issued evacuation notice to herders in Igangan and Ibarapa area, blaming them for insecurity in Oyo state.

His evacuation notice also led Seriki Saliu, the Fulani leader in the Ibarapa, to flee the area.

Confirming the arrest to Journalists via a text message on Sunday, Gbenga Fadeyi, the police public relations officer in Oyo state, said Wakili and three others are already in police custody.

Yes, (he was arrested) with three others,” Fadeyi said.

Oguntola Adeola, a security operative, told Journalists that Wakili’s arrest was carried out after a gun battle.

“Wakili has been parading himself as a Fulani warlord in Ibarapa area. He was arrested after a gun fight with the Oodua Peoples Congress and other security groups early on Sunday. He was arrested with three of his fighters,” Adeola said.

He said he was sick and has been taking treatment in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. He also said that he only returned to Ibarapa from Cotonou on Saturday, but it was a lie. After arrest, he stopped talking to us.”

Asked if Igboho was involved in the operation, Adeola said he could not confirm the youth leader’s involvement.

“I cannot tell you what Igboho did, but we all know what he had done before now to set the tone for the herdsmen evacuation. The events are interwoven,” he added.