The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday confirmed the raid on the residence of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho in Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State in the early hours of Thursday and has declared him wanted.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya confirming the raid which took place till about 5:00am on Thursday, he noted that 12 men and a woman were arrested and a number of arms recovered including seven AK-47 rifles and thousands of ammunitions. According to the statement by the PRO of the DSS;
“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;
- 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;
- 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.
Further exploitation and forensic analysis are ongoing.”
Sunday Igboho, who was reported to have escaped during the invasion of his house, has been declared wanted and advised to surrender to the appropriate authorities. Further speaking on this, Afunanya stated that;
“Sunday Igboho and his group, in the guise of campaign for self-determination, have become well-armed and determined to undermine public order. 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.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 or 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.”
Two of Igboho’s men were also reportedly killed during the attack.
In a related development, although there has been speculations on the earlier scheduled Yoruba Nation Rally in Lagos being cancelled, Sunday Igboho has insisted that it will hold.
Sunday Igboho is a Yoruba Nation agitator. He was born on October 10, 1972 from Oyo State and grew up in Modakeke area of Osun State. Mr. Igboho grew to popularity in 1997 following the significant role he played in the Modakeke-Ife communal crisis. In recent times, Mr. Igboho has garnered massive support, particularly from those from the Western part of the country, following his agitation for a Yoruba nation and his frequent confrontation of the Fulani-herders menace in Oyo State.