Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Department of State Services(DSS), has explained why it carried raided the home of Sunday Igboho, in Ibadan, Oyo State .
The raid conducted by a team of joint security operatives in the early hours of Friday according to the DSS director of public relations Peter Afunaya,
was based on intelligence that Igboho had stockpiled arms in the place.
He told newsmen in Abuja that on approaching the premises, the security operatives were attacked by men suspected to be working as security guards for the suspect.
During the shoot out, he stated that two of the guards were shot dead while twelve others were arrested. He stressed that one of the operative was wounded during the operation.
Afunaya gave the names of twelve persons arrested , a female inclusive, as Abdulateef OFEYAGBE
iAmoda BABATUNDE aka Lady K Tajudeen ERINOYEN, Diakola ADEMOLA, Abideen SHITTU
Jamiu NOAH, Ayobami DONALD
Adelabe USMAN, Oluwafelumi KUNLE, Raji KAZEEM, Taiwo OPEYEMI and Bamidele SUNDAY.
He explained that a search was conducted in the house
Afunaya’s 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 gun and Three (3) others, with Pump-Action riffles.
“In the course of the exchange, two (2) 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.
“Afterwards, the team procedurally searched the house and subsequently recovered the following among others:Seven (7) AK-47 assault rifles; three (3) Pump Action guns; thirty (30) fully charged AK-47 magazines and five thousand (5,000) rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
He also stated that five (5) cutlasses , one (1) Jack knife, one (1) Pen Knife;
two (2) Pistol holsters;one (1) binoculars ; a wallet containing Five (5) US Dollars in one (1) Dollar denomination; local and international driver’s licences in his name, ATM Cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name were found.
Also discovered , he said were two (2) whistles; fifty (5) Cartridges; eighteen (18) Walkie-Talkies;
three voodoo charm jackets/traditional body armour;
two (2) Laptops (One (1) Toshiba and One (1) Compaq); and his International Passport and those of many others (as displayed here). He maintained “ further exploitation and forensic analysis are ongoing.
“Aside the items recovered from the building, about thirteen (13) suspects including twelve (12) males and one (1) female were arrested and brought to Abuja. While one suspect is being profiled, the other twelve (12) paraded here are: Abdulateef OFEYAGBE,
Amoda BABATUNDE aka Lady K (female)
, Tajudeen ERINOYEN, Diakola ADEMOLA
, Abideen SHITTU
, Jamiu NOAH
, Ayobami DONALD
, Adelabe USMAN
, Oluwafelumi KUNLE
, Raji KAZEEM
, Taiwo OPEYEMI and
He said the briefing was to “inform Nigerians and the world that Sunday IGBOHO and his group, in the guise of 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.
“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 (5) 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.”
He said 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.”
He added “ Consequently, ADEYEMO/IGBOHO is advised to turn himself in to 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”.