By Modupe Shodeinde
The Department of State Services, on Thursday, said a joint team of security operatives had raided Igboho’s residence early on Thursday, arrested 13 aides, killed two.
Parading the suspects at the national headquarters of the secret police, the DSS spokesman Peter Afunaya, said the raid was based on an intelligence report.
He added that the security team was engaged in a gun duel by nine men suspected to be Igboho’s guards.
“A team of joint security operatives raided the residence of Sunday Adeyemo at Soka in Ibadan. This was based on intelligence that he had stockpiled arms in the place.
“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 subdued and arrested. Only one operative, who was shot by the assailants in his right hand, sustained injury. He has, however, received medical attention and is very stable.
“The gun duel, which lasted an hour, offered Igboho the chance to escape. Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, is now on the run.” Afunaya said.
According to him, seven AK-47 assault rifles, three pump action guns, 30 fully charged AK-47 magazines, 5,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, five cutlasses, one Jack knife, one pen knife, two pistol holsters, a pair of binoculars, a wallet containing $5, local and international driving licences in his name, ATM cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name; two whistles, 50 cartridges and 18 walkie-talkies, were recovered during the raid.
Also, three charm jackets/traditional body armour, two laptops, one Toshiba and one Compaq laptops and his passport and those of many others, were also found.
Afunaya added that five of the AK-47 assault rifles recovered from his residence were snatched from Nigeria Customs and Immigration personnel at Idi Iroko, Ogun State.
He explained that Igboho and his group, in the guise of campaign for self-determination, had become well-armed and determined to undermine public order.
The arrests and seizures, he stated were a confirmation of a grand plan by Igboho and his followers to wage a violent insurrection against the Nigerian state.
Some of his aides had said the invasion, which they alleged claimed the lives of five occupants of the house, was carried out by soldiers and operatives of the Department of State Service.
However, the Nigeria Army had denied involvement in the attack.
Meanwhile, Igboho has suspended the Yoruba Nation rally slated to hold in Lagos on Saturday.
Igboho, disclosed this while speaking to the BBC News Pidgin, after his residence was attacked in the early hours of Thursday.