The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday night confirmed that the joint security operatives killed two allies of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Sunday Igboho during an invasion of his residence in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Briefing newsmen on the operation, DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya urged Igboho to report himself to the nearest police station.
He said no one is above the law of the land while adding that those apprehended at his residence would be charged to court.
Recall that Ighoho’s house in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo state was attacked around 1 am on Thursday.
At least 10 vehicles belonging to the self-styled activist, including his G-wagon, Prado SUVs, and valuable properties, furniture, and windows were destroyed.
Bullet holes were also seen on the buildings in the compound by our correspondent while blood was on the floor.
Some of the items were allegedly carted away from his house, while no fewer than 12 suspects arrested during the joint operation
The statement reads:
“In the early hours (about 0134 hours) of today, 1st July 2021, a joint team of security operatives raided the residence of Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo a.k.a. SUNDAY IGBOHO at Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State. This was based on intelligence that he had stockpiled arms in the place.
“On approach to the residence, the team came under heavy gun attack by nine (9) men, suspected to be IGBOHO’s guards. Six (6) of them were armed with AK-47 guns and Three (3) others, with Pump-Action riffles.
“In the course of the exchange, two of IGBOHO’s armed men were gunned down while the rest were subdued and arrested. Only one operative who was shot by the assailants on his right hand sustained injury. He has however received medical attention and is very stable.
“Further exploitation and forensic analysis are ongoing,” he said.
Afunanya said that Sunday Igboho and his group were well-armed and determined to cause public disorder in the guise of a campaign for self-determination.
He said, “The highlight of the brief is to Inform Nigerians and the world that Sunday IGBOHO and his group, in the guise of the campaign for self-determination, have become well-armed and determined to undermine public order.
“This, the arrests and seizures are, no doubt, a confirmation of a grand plan by IGBOHO and his cohorts to wage a violent insurrection against the Nigerian State. To alert foreign missions and licencing authorities within and outside Nigeria about this development and the possibility that IGBOHO could declare some of his personal permit and identity cards missing in order to seek their replacement.
“Apprise stakeholders that the five AK-47 assault rifles recovered from the building are suspected to be those collected by IGBOHO’s men from Nigerian Customs and Immigration personnel at Idi Iroko, Ogun State.
“The gun duel which lasted for an hour offered IGBOHO the chance to escape. Sunday ADEYEMO a.k.a Sunday IGBOHO is now on the run. IGBOHO may run as far as he can. He may hide as long as he wants. He might have attacked security operatives as his strength carried him. But this will be the end of his shenanigans. Soon, he will not have a hiding place. His strength will sure fail him. And the law will catch up with him. The law may be slow. But it will be steady.
“Consequently, ADEYEMO/IGBOHO is advised to turn himself into the nearest security agency. Those cheering and eulogising him may appeal to or advise him to do the needful. He should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities. He or anyone can never be above the law. Meanwhile, those arrested will be charged accordingly.”
Some of the items allegedly carted away from his house include the following among others: seven AK-47 assault rifles; three pump action guns; 30 fully charged Ak-47 magazines; five thousand (5,000) rounds of 7.62mm ammunition; five cutlasses, one jack knife, one pen knife; two pistol holsters; one binoculars.
Others include a wallet containing five us dollars in the one-dollar denomination; local and international driver’s licences in his name, Atm cards, a German residence permit no. Yo2n6k1ny bearing his name; two whistles; fifty cartridges; eighteen (18) walkie-talkies; three voodoo charm jackets/traditional body armour; two laptops one Toshiba and one Compaq); and his international passport and those of many others (as displayed here).
The secret police also paraded no fewer than 12 suspects arrested during the joint operation. They include 2 males and one female was arrested and brought to Abuja. While one suspect is being profiled, the other 12 paraded here are Abdulateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde aka Lady K (female).
Other are, Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwafelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi and, Bamidele Sunday.