The Department of State Services, DSS, has explained how a joint team of security operatives raided the Soka, Ibadan residence of Yoruba self-determination agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho’s residence, got into a gun battle that led to the death of two of Igboho’s men, arrest of 13 and discovery of a cache of arms.
Igboho’s home had been raided on Thursday morning “based on intelligence that he had stockpiled arms”.
Speaking on the raid, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunaya, told newsmen that “A team of joint security operatives raided the residence of Sunday Adeyemo at Soka in Ibadan.
“On approach to his residence, the team came under heavy gun attack by nine men suspected to be Igboho’s guards. Six were armed with AK-47 guns and three others with pump action rifles.
“In the course of the exchange, two of the armed men were gunned down, while the rest were arrested.
“Only one operative, who was shot by the assailants in his right hand, sustained injury. The hour-long gun duel offered Igboho the chance to escape. Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, is now on the run.”
The Service gave the names of those arrested to include: Abdulateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde, aka Lady ‘K’, Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi and Bamidele Sunday.
It said at the time of addressing the press, one of the suspects was being profiled.
The DSS said: “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” (Read DSS’ full statement HERE).