Popular yoruba activist and freedom fighter, Adeyemo Sunday popularly known as Sunday igboho has reacted following an allegation linking him with terrorism sponsors in the country.
The federal government had said that its investigation has established a link between Sunday Adeyemo ‘Igboho’ and a suspected financier of terrorism.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
According to Malami, the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s findings show that a company controlled by Igboho transferred N12.75 million to another owned by Abdullahi Usman, who is linked to Abubakar Muhammad Surajo, a terror financier currently jailed in the UAE.
“Investigation reveals that Adesun International Concept Ltd (belonging to Igboho) transferred the sum of twelve million seven hundred and fifty thousand naira (N12, 750,000) to Abbal Bako & Sons.”
“It might be recalled that Abbal Bako & Sons and its promoter Abdullahi Umar Usman are suspects in the on-going Joint Terrorist Financing Investigation. Abdullahi Umar Usman is by way of financial transaction connected to SURAJO ABUBAKAR MUHAMMAD (who was sentenced to life imprisonment in UAE on charges of financing terrorism [Boko Haram]).”
“This report shows the nexus between separatists’ agitation, terrorism financing and disruptions of peace in the country.”
“The report found connections of financial transaction between Adesun International Concept Ltd (belonging to Igboho) and some construction companies and businesses among others.”
“Having received the reports, the Federal Government remains solute in its determination to have a peaceful Nigeria. The Federal Government will do the needful, within the context of the legal provisions, in ensuring that the matter is giving the deserved attention and those found guilty will be made to face the wrath of the law.”
But reacting in a statement obtained by DAILY GIST on Friday evening, Sunday Igboho debunked the allegations.
He reacted through his counsel Chief Yomi Aliu.
Igboho said he is a businessman and not a terrorist.
He also challenged Malami to mention the lawmaker that sent money to Igboho for terrorist act adding that they would challenge him for defamation.
The statement reads;
The statement reads “Our attention has been drawn to a text press conference by the Attorney General and Minister of Finance wherein he fruitlessly tried to paint our client and those patronising his car trade as terrorists and/or financiers of terrorists.
“I have gone through the text. Sunday was alleged to have transferred the sum of #12.7m to Abbal Bako & Sons owned by Abdullahi Umar. Transferring money to bureau de change to buy dollars is what is done by every businessman of our client’s calibre. Thank God that his passports and various bills of ladings were carted away by DSS during the ungodly invasion of 1st July, 2021.
“Thus, so far there is no evidence of receipt of money from Abbal Bako & Sons or Abdullahi Umar going by the text conference. What
the Hon AGF stated are mere conjectures. Not hard fact. Our client according to him paid Umar and NOT vice versa thus belieing what the Honourable Attorney General of Federation earlier said that Chief Sunday Adeyemo is being financed by people. The picture the Learned AGF wanted to paint is that our Client is being financed by Abdullah
Umar allegedly involved in terrorists financing. Who is now financing who?
“Again, Chief Adeyemo is a car dealer trading in the name of Adesun International Concept Ltd. Does it mean that anybody buying car from him or selling car to him is a terrorist?
“Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Igboho Oosa was not into Oodua Nation until last year. So finding over #273m turnover between October 2013 and September 2020 shows that he was not a poor man. His house invaded by DSS on 1st July 2020 is worth over #2billion!
“I challenge the Hon AGF to mention the lawmaker that sent money to Chief Sunday Adeyemo for terrorist act whether he would not be damnified in exemplary damages for defamation.
“Up till date our client has not been prosecuted or found liable for any criminal act or terrorism. There is also a VALID AND SUBSISTING court judgement that agitation for self determination is not an act of terrorism but fundamental human rrighbof any citizen.
“My Learned brother Silk and Hon AGF knows that suspicion no matter how great cannot grant conviction.
“Chief Sunday Adeyemo is not a terrorist but a campaigner for self-determination”.