Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon, a famous Ifa cleric, has characterized as sad the raid by Department of State Services agents on the Ibadan house of Yoruba rights campaigner Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho.
The diviner further said that when the secret police stormed Igboho’s Soka, Ibadan apartment early Thursday, he did not forsake his comrades, but rather fled to fight another day.
Igboho, who many felt possessed spiritual abilities, has been photographed wearing African bulletproof jackets.
Thirteen of Igboho’s bodyguards and close friends were also apprehended and paraded by the DSS, while two of his followers were allegedly murdered in a gun battle with the secret police. Igboho, who stated in an interview on Thursday that he was at the residence when the DSS arrived, evaded the raid.
Many have asked why Igboho did not assist his companions in fleeing, but Elebuibon stated in an interview with BBC Yoruba on Friday, which was monitored on NdiAsiri, that Igboho did not leave his aides, but instead fled to fight another day.
In response to questioning, the Ifa priest criticized the Gestapo-style raid on Igboho’s residence. He encouraged the DSS to learn from their counterparts in civilised nations that conduct arrests in a calm and non-violent manner.
Elebuibon went on to say, “It’s 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.”
Meanwhile, the secret police have proclaimed Igboho wanted. Under the pretext of agitating for Yoruba nation, the activist is accused of collecting weapons in order to destabilize the country.