The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami said on Friday that an investigative report has shown that the major financier of the Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (aka Igboho) is a federal lawmaker in the National Assembly.
Malami, who disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Investigation Reports On Acts Of Terrorism And Allied Offences Perpetrated By Nnamdi Kanu And Report On the Sponsors And Financiers Of Sunday Igboho And Associates in Abuja was however silent on the identity of the federal lawmaker.
Malami said the report revealed that Igboho is the owner of a company, Adesun International Concept Limited through which he received a total sum of N127, 145,000.00 from his financier between October 22, 2013 and September 28, 2020.
The minister told the press conference that N273,198,200.00 transaction outflows was recorded from Sunday Igboho’s account between March 15, 2013 and March 11, 2021.
He said report which has been submitted to the federal government found connections of financial transaction between Adesun International Concept Ltd and some construction companies and businesses among others.
He said investigations revealed that that Adesun International Concept Ltd registered on 23rd April, 2010 transferred N12, 750,000 to Abbal Bako & Sons, which is allegedly being probed for terrorism financing activities.
“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),” Malami disclosed.
He said the self acclaimed leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been at the center of a subversive campaign against the Nigerian state was arrested on October 14, 2015 and charged to court for treasonable felony, among other crimes.
Kanu was granted bail by on April 25, 2017, but breached the bail conditions and fled abroad, from where he intensified his subversive campaign, using online Radio Biafra to instigate violence and incite members of IPOB to commit violent attacks against civil and democratic institutions, particularly the security personnel, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and civilians.
As a result of these criminal activities, Malami said IPOB was proscribed and designated a terrorist organization by a Federal High Court in Abuja, in an Order made on September 20, 2017 and despite the proscription, Nnamdi Kanu continued the subversive campaign by instigating and inciting broadcasts to direct members of the IPOB to launch attacks on government.
“The EndSARS protests of October 2020 played into the sinister plans of Nnamdi Kanu, whereby he seized the protests through subversive and inciting online broadcasts and actively commanded and directed attacks on security personnel and facilities.
“As a result of these broadcasts, members of IPOB attacked and killed security personnel and burnt down Police stations, Correctional centers, INEC offices, bus terminals, the Palace of Oba of Lagos, banks, hospitals, shopping malls and vehicles, amongst others.
“On 12th December, 2020, Eastern Security Network (ESN) was formed by Nnamdi Kanu as an armed wing of IPOB with the mandate to advance the nefarious agenda of the outlawed group,” he said.
According go Malami, the destructive activities of IPOB/ESN pose serious threat to Nigeria’s national security and its corporate existence, which led to the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu and members of his group in June and followed by the inauguration of a 24-member Presidential Ad-hoc Committee.
He said between October 2020 and June 2021, 175 security personnel were killed by IPOB/ESN, aside the murder of traditional leaders, Obi 1 of Okwudor autonomous community, Eze E. Anayochukwu Durueburuo and Eze Sampson Osunwa of Ihebineowerre autonomous community as well as Dr. Chike Akunyili and eight others.
“That as a consequence of Nnamdi Kanu’s broadcasts, there were 19 attacks on INEC facilities that resulted in the destruction of offices as well as burning of 18 INEC logistical vehicles, several election materials, equipment and ICT gadgets in Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo States, among other destructions by the group.
“We have also established that Kanu is not alone in his subversive activities. He has accomplices in Nigeria and abroad, individuals and groups as well as state and non-state actors who are aiding and facilitating his campaign against the people and state of Nigeria.
“Some of the state actors aided Kanu, even as a fugitive, in his destructive mission, ignoring the terrorist nature of his activities,” he said and called on the countries to desist from aiding subversive acts by Kanu and IPOB against the state of Nigeria and its people.
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