Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho, has denied transforming into a cat to escape arrest when operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded his residence in Ibadan, Oyo.
It may be recalled that in 2021, DSS raided his family house in Soka, in the middle of the night and recovered arms and ammunitions.
The secret police later confirmed that it carried out the raid after intelligence reports revealed that Igboho stockpiled weapons in his house.
“This was based on intelligence that he had stockpiled arms in the place. On approach to the residence, the team came under heavy gun attack by nine men, suspected to be Igboho’s guards,” said DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya.
Reports surfaced at the time that Igboho turned to a cat to escape when the security personnel arrived at his house.
However, speaking on how he evaded arrest during an interview with The PUNCH, the Yoruba Nation agitator confirmed that some cats were killed during the raid on his apartment, but denied reports that he turned into a cat.
He said, “It is true that some cats were killed during the attack because the DSS just kept firing bullets in all directions. I was rearing cats as pets and I had many of them in my house. So, anything or movement attracted sporadic gunshots.
“Their mission was to either kill me or arrest me and take me to an unknown destination, but the Almighty God is greater than anybody in this world, including the despotic ex-President Muhammadu Buhari.
“My God and providence put Buhari to shame with the lawless invasion of my home because they all failed to achieve what they came for. I didn’t turn into a cat to escape.“
Speaking further, he said he was not sure if there is any truth to the reports that the DSS operatives brought along three herbalists for the raid.
“I wouldn’t know that because the DSS stormed my residence at midnight, causing fear and commotion in the whole Soka area of Ibadan, releasing a volley of bullets for several hours.
“In that atmosphere of confusion and violence, how do you expect me to be checking if they came with herbalists or pastors? There couldn’t have been time for that”, he said.
On the DSS’ allegation that he stockpiled guns in his house, Igboho said; “That’s very far from the truth. How can I stockpile guns in my house? All those allegations are phantom and cooked up by the DSS just to implicate me for a planned or trumped-up criminal trial”.