The State Security Service (SSS) has confirmed that its operatives invaded the home of a leader of the ‘Yoruba separatist’ group, Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a. Sunday Igboho, in Ibadan in a bid to arrest him.
Peter Afunanya, the service’s spokesperson, said 13 suspects, including a female and 12 males, were arrested.
Igboho’s home located Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State was invaded around 1a.m. on Thursday.
Many vehicles including his G-wagon, Prado Jeep, and some valuable properties such as furniture, and windows were destroyed.
The attack came barely 72 hours to the planned rally in Lagos. Igboho is planning the rally to canvas a Yoruba nation.
In April, Igboho had raised the alarm that his building was under siege. He claimed then that soldiers invaded his residence in the middle of the night, while the army denied this at the time.
However, Afunaya said a total of seven AK 47 rifles were recovered, alongside pump action guns and 5,000 rounds of ammunition including other weapons.
He said security operatives recovered the weapons after a “hot gun duel between them and Igboho’s guards”.
He said two of Igboho’s men were killed in the process while a security agent was shot on the right hand and is currently undergoing treatment.
He added that aside the rifles, other items recovered at Igboho’s residence include 30 AK 47 magazines, 5,000 rounds of ammunition, three locally made bullet proof jacket and a German resident permit, amongst others.
He called on Igboho to surrender himself to relevant authorities to face justice.