The Department of State Services, on Thursday, arrested 13 and paraded 12 followers of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.
According to the DSS, one of the followers was not paraded because he was still being profiled.
The DSS claimed that a joint team of security operatives had raided Igboho’s residence early on Thursday based on an intelligence report, alleging that the security team was engaged in a gun battle by nine men suspected to be Igboho’s guards.
DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunaya while parading the suspects said six of the nine men were armed with AK-47 guns while 3 others had pump action riffles.
Afunaya stated, “A team of joint security operatives raided the residence of Sunday Adeyemo at Soka in Ibadan. This was based on intelligence that he had stockpiled arms in the place.
“On approach to his residence, the team came under heavy gun attack by nine men suspected to be Igboho’s guards. Six were armed with AK-47 guns and three others with pump action rifles.
“In the course of the exchange, two of the armed men were gunned down, while the rest were subdued and arrested. Only one operative, who was shot by the assailants in his right hand, sustained injury. He has, however, received medical attention and is very stable.
“The gun duel, which lasted an hour, offered Igboho the chance to escape. Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, is now on the run.”
Those arrested are: Abdulateef Ofeyagbe; Amoda Babatunde, aka Lady ‘K’, Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi and Bamidele Sunday.
Th DSS claimed that it recovered seven AK-47 assault rifles, three pump action guns, 30 fully charged AK-47 magazines, 5,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, five cutlasses, one Jack knife, one pen knife, two pistol holsters, a pair of binoculars, a wallet containing $5, local and international driving licences in his name, ATM cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name; two whistles, 50 cartridges and 18 walkie-talkies.
It listed others to include: three charm jackets/traditional body armour, two laptops, one Toshiba and one Compaq laptops and his passport and those of many others.
The DSS Spokesman alleged that five of the recovered AK-47 guns were snatched from Nigeria Customs and Immigration personnel at Idi Iroko, Ogun State.
Afunaya added that Igboho was planning to stage violence against the Nigerian state under the guise of self determination.