Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, has criticised the detention of members of O’odua Peoples Congress, OPC, by the Police for arresting a Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili.
Adams criticized the Police action in a statement on Monday by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, who expressed worry over the security situation in the South-West.
He lamented that the security situation is becoming “too worrisome”; maintaining that “the situation could have been so worse if not for the efforts of the OPC”.
Adams warned criminal herders to stay away from the region; disclosing that OPC and other local security operatives will continue to ensure that the region is safe for residents.
He noted that the detention of OPC members “is purely an admittance of failure on the part of the Police.”
He said, “With the detention of the OPC members; it shows, that the Police are ready to frustrate the efforts of the people. The Police that is supposed to commend the joint security team; for complementing their efforts went ahead to detain them unjustly, alleging arson and killing of an unknown person.
“People are beginning to lose confidence in the ability of the Police; it will be disastrous for the Police to lose the respect of the people.”
Adams, however, urged the Police to release the OPC members; and concentrate on getting rid of the Igangan forests of bandits and kidnappers.