The federal government of Nigeria has allegedly linked embattled Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho to terrorism financing in the country.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, while addressing a press conference claimed Igboho has had financial dealing with one Abdullahi Usman, who had been on the radar of the government for terrorism activities.
The AGF said a Presidential committee had been set up to probe the activities of Igboho as well as his fellow secessionists, including Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The 24-member committee comprised members of the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Ministry of Information, the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Services, the National Intelligence Agency and the Defence Intelligence Agency.
Speaking further, Malami disclosed that the committee had presented a report wherein it was contained that Igboho allegedly had financial transactions with terrorist elements.
The minister also disclosed that the Committee unravelled a nexus relationship between Igboho, Usman and one Surajo Abubakar Muhammad, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on charges of financing Boko Haram, a terrorist organization in Nigeria.
Malami also added that Igboho, who is currently in the custody of authorities in the Republic of Benin, has about 43 accounts in nine different banks and is being bankrolled by a federal lawmaker. The Minister, however fell short of revealing the identity of the said lawmaker.
In his words: “The report revealed that Sunday Igboho is a Director and signatory to Adesun International Concept Limited registered on April 23, 2010. Adesun International Concept Limited also has Oladele Oyetunji and Aderopo Adeyemo as directors. Sunday Igboho is linked to 43 bank accounts in nine banks.
“The major financier of the fugitive and separatists was found to be a federal lawmaker in the National Assembly. A total sum of N127, 145,000 was received by Igboho from his financiers between October 22, 2013, and September 28, 2020, through Adesun International Concept Ltd accounts.
“A total sum of N273,198,200 transaction outflows was recorded from Sunday Igboho’s account between March 15, 2013, and March 11, 2021. Investigation reveals that Adesun International Concept Ltd (belonging to Igboho) transferred the sum of N12, 750,000 to AbbalBako& Sons.
“Abdullahi 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 Federal Government will do the needful, within the context of the legal provisions, in ensuring that the matter is given the deserved attention and those found guilty will be made to face the wrath of the law.”