The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed that they carried out Thursday morning raid on the Ibadan residence of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.
The secret police also confirmed that some of Igboho’s guards were arrested and two killed after a gun duel.
The Punch had earlier reported that they believed the DSS carried out the raid around 1am on Thursday.
However, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, at a press briefing in Abuja on thursday, said the secret police carried out the raid after intelligence reports revealed that Igboho stockpiled weapons in his house.
The DSS, therefore, launched a manhunt for him.
Afunanya said, “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.
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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;
Five Thousand (5,000) rounds of 7.62mm ammunition;
Five (5) Cutlasses, One (1) Jack knife, One (1) Pen Knife;
Two (2) Pistol holsters;
One (1) binoculars, Two (2) whistles;
Fifty (50) 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).
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.”
“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, 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,” the DSS spokesman added.
Nicknamed after his hometown, Mr Sunday Igboho rose to fame following his role in the Modakeke-Ife communal crisis in 1997, where he played an active part. Many believe Mr Igboho has metaphysical abilities which make him a formidable opponent in battle.
He is the chairman of Adeson International Business Concept Ltd and the Akoni Oodua of Yoruba.
He gained social media attention in January 2021 when he gave an ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa to vacate the land after the killing of Dr. Aborode and enforced same.
Reports say Sunday Igoho was planning to hold a massive rally in Lagos on Sunday 4th July, 2021.