Nigeria's Secret Police confirms illegal raid on residence of Yoruba liberation movement leader Sunday Igboho

Trail of blood and destruction left by Buhari's Secret Police at Igboho's house

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confirms extra-judicial killing of at least two of his aides while planting own weapons at scene

Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Service (SSS) has confirmed that its operatives stormed the home of a leader of the Yoruba separatist group, Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a. Sunday Igboho, in Ibadan in a bid to effect his arrest.

Addressing journalists at the headquarters of the SSS on Thursday, Peter Afunanya, the service spokesperson, said 13 suspects, including a female and 12 males, were arrested.

According to reports, gunmen, some of whom allegedly spoke French, invaded Mr. Igboho’s house, located in Soka, Ibadan, capital of Oyo State around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday.

His vehicles, including his G-wagon, Prado Jeep, and some valuable properties including furniture, and windows were reportedly destroyed.

The attack occurred barely 72 hours to the planned rally in Lagos by Mr. Igboho and others to further canvas a Yoruba nation.

Mr. Igboho had in April raised a similar alarm that his building was under siege. He claimed then that soldiers invaded his residence in the midnight. The army denied this at the time.

But confirming the early Thursday morning raid, Mr. 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 so-called "gun battle" 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 responding to treatment. 

He added that aside the rifles, other items recovered at Mr. 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 urged Mr. Igboho to surrender himself to relevant authorities to face justice.

In the meantime, the same administration that addresses the peaceful demands of Southern agitators with such overt high-handedness is seemingly found wanting and impotent in the face of the brute force of Islamic extremists and terrorist Fulani Herdsmen, the latter of course belonging to President Buhari's ethnic delineation. 

It is however worth noting that this same overt high-handedness was what gave rise to Boko Haram and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).