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DSS whisked away Igboho’s cat thinking he transformed – Aide

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Olayomi Koiki, the spokesman to Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho, has claimed that officials of the Department of State Services took away a cat they suspected could be his principal when they raided his Soka home in Oyo State on Thursday.

Koiki disclosed that the security operatives thought Igboho turned into the cat to evade arrest.

He stated this in a Facebook broadcast early Friday morning.

Igboho publicity manager also accused the DSS officials of taking more than they displayed during Thursday evening’s parade of suspects arrested in Abuja.

Koiki claimed that the security operatives took millions of naira and jewellery during the raid.

He said, “Chief Sunday Igboho escaped not because he was stronger, but God rescued him.
How will they say that they saw one dollar?

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“They can label anyone, but we will not back down. They want Igboho dead. The target was to kill him but they failed.

“They took one of his cats away, thinking he transformed into a cat during the attack to escape. All the allegations against Igboho should be for terrorists killing people in the country.”

On why some of Igboho’s security aides shot at the DSS officials, he said, “So, if someone came to attack me and I have a gun, won’t I defend myself?”

He also called kings in Yorubaland to rise in defence of Igboho, saying, “Is it until they kill Igboho like Bola Ige and Dele Giwa before you speak out. Yoruba obas must speak out.”

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DSS Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya, had during a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja said the secret police arrested 13 suspects when they raided the Ibadan residence of Igboho.

He said the operation was based on an intelligence report that Igboho had stockpiled arms in his residence.

According to him, on approaching the residence, the DSS team came under heavy gun attack by nine men, suspected to be Igboho’s guards.

He stated that six of the men were armed with AK-47 and three others were with Pump-Action rifles.

Afunanya said seven AK-47 assault rifles, three pump action guns, 30 fully charged AK-47 magazines, 5,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and five cutlasses were recovered from Igboho’s residence.

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Other items recovered were one jack knife, one pen knife, two pistol holsters, one binoculars, a wallet containing five dollars in one-dollar denomination, local and international driver’s licences in Igboho’s name.

Afunanya said ATM cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name, two whistles, 50 cartridges, 18 walkie-talkies, three charm jackets/traditional body armour, two laptops and his travel passport were also recovered.

The DSS spokesman said the arrests and seizures were a confirmation of a grand plan by Igboho and his cohorts to wage a violent insurrection against the Nigerian State.

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