Renowned Ifa priest, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon, on Friday, said Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, did not cowardly escape during early Thursday morning’s raid on his Ibadan, Oyo State home by a combined team of the operatives of the Department of State Services and troops of the Nigerian Army, but only ran away to be alive to fight another day.
Elebuibon also said Igboho’s escape from the scene of the DSS attack on his house was not because his charms failed him.
He described as tragic, the security forces’ raid on Igboho’s residence, adding that he did not also abandon his associates, who were with him in his Soka, Ibadan residence when the DSS and soldiers stormed his house.
The globally renowned Babalawo said, “It is not that his (Igboho’s) charms failed him, the whole raid was an attack, an invasion, a tragedy.
“He was not prepared for the attack, it happened all of sudden but he who fights and runs lives to fight another day. A warrior who fights and doesn’t know how to retreat will perish with the battle. He (Igboho) ran to fight another day, he didn’t abandon his followers because if he hadn’t escaped, it would have been a different thing entirely.”
Igboho, believed to have metaphysical powers, is known to have in his possession some African bulletproof vests, some of which were confiscated by the DSS during the raid on his residence on Thursday.
The DSS arrested 13 of Igboho’s guards and close associates and killed two others who allegedly engaged them in an exchange of gunfire during the raid. The DSS had already paraded the arrested suspects and exhibited the arms and other items, including the charms and African bullet proof vests allegedly recovered from Igboho’s house.
But Igboho himself later on Thursday, in an interview with the BBC, stated that he was at home during the security forces’ raid.
Reacting to claims that Igboho escaped alone from the scene of the raid, Elebuibon told BBC Yoruba in an interview on Friday that to insinuations, Igboho didn’t abandon his aides but only ran away to enable him to fight another day.
The Ifa priest also faulted the manner in which the DSS raided Igboho’s house, advising the secret police to learn from their counterparts in civilised nations how to carry out its duty using peaceful and non-violent methods.