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At least, two persons were confirmed dead as gunmen in said to be in military garbs invaded the residence of the popular Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Igboho, at Soka community in Ibadan, Oyo State in the early hours of yesterday.
The gunmen reportedly stormed the residence in at least eight fully loaded vans at about 1am and operated unchallenged till about 3:30am.
The attack came barely two days to the grand finale of the Yoruba nation rally scheduled to hold at Ojota, Lagos, tomorrow.
In an interview with a foreign radio station from undisclosed location, Igboho claimed he was in the house when the gunmen invaded. He claimed that the attack was carried out by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the army. He said he was taken aback as he had not committed any crime to warrant being targeted.
“Yes, I was in the house when they came. There are two guys that they killed around 2am when the shooting was too much… they destroyed all my property. They destroyed my vehicles, and all my house. I have like N2 milion inside my wardrobe. They went away with it.
“Around 1:30am, I heard gunshots in front of my house. It was a sporadic shooting. They shouted: ‘Sunday Igboho, come out. We’re DSS. We’re soldiers.’ So, I peeped through the window, saw them in DSS uniforms and Nigerian Army uniforms. So, I was surprised. What is the trouble all about? I have not killed anybody. I have not fought with anybody.
“What I am doing is support for my people. Then, all the rallies that I am doing have been peaceful. So, I fight for my family because the Fulani bandits have been killing my family, raping them, kidnapping them and taking ransom from them.
“I know the government refused to do the right thing for my family. And that is why I came out to support my family, to fight for our rights. So, I was surprised.”
One of the persons that reportedly lost his life was his Islamic spiritualist. He was said to have been met in the waiting room, where he was praying.
As gathered, he was shot and his dead body dragged from the point to where vehicles were parked. His blood stains were seen in the waiting room as he was dragged on the floor. A tasbih (prayer beads) was sighted at the spot where he was reportedly shot.
A source explained that when they could not find Igboho, the woman that led the operation said all the cats in the house should be packed, think Igboho might have used his charms to transform to a cat. The woman, according to the source, spoke Yoruba fluently.
Igboho’s bedroom was ransacked and all the money and other personal effects were reportedly carted away. The ceiling in the personal living room of Igboho upstairs was also destroyed.
“They thought Igboho was hiding under the roof of the house, they ransacked the roof. They also thought Igboho had transformed into a cat. This was why they went away with the cats.
“But Igboho bought the cat because of rats that have been cutting some wires in the vehicles within the premises. The cats were meant to either kill the rats or scare them away.”
It was further gathered that the gunmen went away with bodies of five persons. The gunmen, as gathered, also abducted some female and male aides of Igboho as well as their children.
When Leakblast.com visited the attacked residence, blood stains were killed were seen in some places. Also, a dead kitten and expended ammunitions littered the premises. Impacts of the bullets were also seen on the giant pillars and wall of the building.
Expensive vehicles including his G-Wagon, Prado SUV, some valuable property, including furniture, and windows were also destroyed. The shattered windcreen and glasses of the vehicles were seen on the floor at the car park. Bullet holes were also seen on the vehicles. But all the vehicles had been moved out on Igboho’s instructions to unknown destinations.
One of the abducted persons identified as Lady K was picked up while on a live video during the attack.
Following the attack, Igboho has reportedly called off the rally billed for Lagos tomorrow, which had earlier held in Ibadan in Oyo State, Abeokuta in Ogun State, Osogbo in Osun State, Akure in Ondo State and Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State.
Meanwhile, some abducted Igboho’s aides were said to have regained freedom in Ekiti, Ekiti State. Those that were released, the sources said, included a woman thought to be Igboho’s wife, his aides, children of his boys. They were reportedly given N20,000 to board vehicles back to Ibadan.
However, the gunmen have reportedly held on to Lady K and other six boys.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the state, Adewale Osifeso, could not be reached on his phone. He did not pick calls made to his mobile phone and he did not also respond to a text message sent to him at the time of filing this report.
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