I’m A Car Dealer, Not Terrorist, Igboho Replies FG

Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Igboho, has denied the claims of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN linking him with a Boko Haram sponsor.

Malami had at a press conference on Friday linked Igboho with a Boko Haram sponsor Surajo Muhammad, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates on charges of financing terrorism.

The government also alleged that between 2013 and 2020, Igboho received N127m from several financiers including a federal lawmaker. The government, however, refused to reveal the identity of the lawmaker.

But while reacting through his lawyer, Chief Yomi Aliyyu SAN, Igboho said he is not into terrorism but car trade which he said is a legitimate business.

He said, “Chief Sunday Igboho is a Businessman not a terrorist. Our attention has been drawn to a text of press conference by the Hon 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 N12.7m 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 the 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?”

The counsel said Igboho was not involved in the activities of Yoruba self determination until 2020, and added that finding over N273m turnover between October 2013 and September 2020 shows that he was not a poor man.

He added, ” 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 rights of any citizen.”

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