- The DSS has opened up on why Sunday Igboho got away when a joint team of security operatives raided his residence in Ibadan on Thursday, July 1
- According to the secret police, the Yoruba rights activist fled during a gunbattle that ensued between his guards and DSS officers
- The spokesman of the DSS, Peter Afunaya, explained that Igboho had become well-armed in the guise of the campaign for self-determination
The Punch reports that Peter Afunaya, DSS spokesman speaking at the national headquarters of the secret police, said Igboho escaped because there was a gun duel that lasted for an hour between nine men suspected to his guards and security operatives.
The secret police had on Thursday night, July 1, confirmed that a joint team of security operatives based on an intelligence report that the activist had stockpiled arms in his place raided Igboho’s home in the Soka area.
Charm, weapons, other times recovered
Though the gun duel offered Igboho the chance to escape, Afunaya explained that his reason for fleeing may not be unconnected to the fact that the activist and his group had become well-armed and determined to undermine public order in the guise of the campaign for self-determination.
He went on to note that the arrests and items recovered confirm a grand plan by Igboho and his cohorts to wage a violent insurrection against the Nigerian state.
Some of the items recovered from the Yoruba activist's house include charm, weapons, telephone, and passports.
DSS declares Sunday Igboho wanted
Earlier, DSS declared the self-acclaimed activist wanted. This was made known by the DSS on Thursday night, July 1, at a press briefing in Abuja.
It was gathered that Nigeria’s secret police confirmed gunning down two of Igboho’s allies while the rest were subdued and arrested.
While noting that Igboho is presently on the run, Afunanya advised the activist to turn himself in as the government will definitely track him.