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Sunday Igboho on the run as SSS raids his house, recovers arms, ammunition

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The self-styled Yoruba secessionist leader, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, is now on the run after operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, raided his residence in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, spokesman of the SSS Peter Afunanya said the operatives killed two of his guards during a gun duel.

He said seven AK47 rifles, 3 pump action guns and 30 fully charged AK-47 magazines, among others were recovered during the raid.

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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 rifles.

2. 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.

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3. Afterwards, the team procedurally searched the house and subsequently recovered the following among others:

i. Seven (7) AK-47 assault rifles;

ii. Three (3) Pump Action guns;

iii. Thirty (30) fully charged AK-47 magazines;

iv. Five Thousand (5,000) rounds of 7.62mm ammunition;

v. Five (5) Cutlasses, One (1) Jack knife, One (1) Pen Knife

vi. Two (2) Pistol holsters;

vii. One (1) binoculars

viii. A wallet containing Five (5) US Dollars in one (1) Dollar denomination; local and international driver’s licenses in his name, ATM Cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name;

ix. Two (2) whistles;

x. Fifty (5) Cartridges;

xi. Eighteen (18) Walkie-Talkies;

xii. Three Voodoo charm jackets/traditional body armour;

xiii. Two (2) Laptops (One (1) Toshiba and One (1) Compaq); and

xiv. His International Passport and those of many others (as displayed here).

Further exploitation and forensic analysis are ongoing.

4. 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:

i. Abdulateef OFEYAGBE

ii. Amoda BABATUNDE aka Lady K (female)

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iii. Tajudeen ERINOYEN

iv. Diakola ADEMOLA

v. Abideen SHITTU

vi. Jamiu NOAH

vii. Ayobami DONALD

viii. Adelabe USMAN

ix. Oluwafelumi KUNLE

x. Raji KAZEEM xi. Taiwo OPEYEMI and

xii. Bamidele SUNDAY.

5. Highlights of this brief are to: i. 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. ii. 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. iii. 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.

6. 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. 7. 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.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D

Public Relations Officer Department of State Services National Headquarters Abuja. 1st July, 2021

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