The Nigerian Government has owned up to the attack on the residence of Sunday Adeyemo popularly called ‘Sunday Igboho, adding that the attack was based on intelligence that he had stockpiled arms in the place
Penpushing reports that, the Department of State Services (DSS) made the confession at a press conference held in Abuja, adding that the raid of the home located in Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State Capital was a joint security operation
‘ 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’, the statement reads.
Penpushing further reports that, the Public Relations Officer of Department of State Services Peter Afunanya in the statement said on approach to the residence, the team came under heavy gun attack by nine men, suspected to be Igboho’s guards, adding that six of them were armed with AK-47 gun and three 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’ Afunanya said.
The statement said, afterwards, the team procedurally searched the house and subsequently recovered the following among others: 7 AK-47 assault rifles;3 Pump Action guns;30 fully charged AK-47 magazines; 5,000) rounds of 7.62mm ammunition;5 Cutlasses,1 Jack knife and 1 pen knife
Penpushing reports that, the Department said other items recovered include: 2 Pistol holsters; 1 binoculars, a wallet containing 5 US Dollars in one Dollar denomination; local and international driver’s licences in Igboho’s name, ATM Cards, a German residence permit number. YO2N6K1NY bearing Igboho’s name;
The statement stated that other recoveries are:2 whistles; fifty (5) cartridges;18) Walkie-Talkies; three voodoo charm jackets/traditional body armour; 2) Laptops ,1 Toshiba and 1 compaq and Igboho’s international passport and those of many others.
Penpushing also reports that, the Department said further exploitation and forensic analysis are ongoing,adding that aside the items recovered from the building, about 13 suspects including 12 males and 1 female were arrested and transferred to Abuja
The authorities gave identities of suspects as include: 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 Bamidele Sunday.
‘Highlights of this brief are 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’, the statement said’.
‘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’.
‘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’, the statement declared.
‘Consequently, Adeyemo/aigboho 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 statement added.
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