Igboho appoints spokesman, says government didn’t freeze his accounts
A Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, has debunked claims that his bank accounts were frozen by the Federal Government.
Igboho was reacting to reports in some quarters that he had appealed to the Nigerian government to unfreeze his accounts.
It was reported on Tuesday evening that Igboho also rejected an award of recognition from the Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association (YYSA) due to the development.
But speaking journalists after the reports made it to the public domain, one of Igboho’s aides said his principal never said his accounts were frozen
The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Igboho’s accounts were not frozen.
He stressed the need for journalists to get the true situation of issues before publishing stories so as to avoid giving false reports.
The activist has continued to make the headlines since he issued notice to quit to Fulani herdsmen in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.
Igoho, who gave the herdsmen seven day ultimatum, to leave Igangan and Ibarapaland as a whole went back to the community to enforce the order.
The intrepid fighter, whose fame rests mainly on his exploits during the Ife/Modakeke internecine war, also said he never asked anyone to seek donations for his activities
This was after some of his supporters claimed they set up a Gofundme account for the purpose of raising £100,000 (N51.8 million) for him to buy buses.
The fundraiser, which was initiated by Maureen Badejo, a blogger and activist based in the United Kingdom, was said to have garnered £35, 252 (N18.5 million) with over 1, 100 donations as of Tuesday night.
Also debunked was the trending reports of civil war attributed to him.
Igboho denied calling for any civil war in the interview he granted.
He said: “This fight is not about civil war, it is about the killer herdsmen who are killing are people.
He refuted the claim in a short viral video adding that henceforth he would not grant interviews to journalists again as he had appointed a spokesman.
Igboho, in the short viral video, also introduced his spokesman as Olayomi Koiki stressing that any news that comes from Koiki is authentic.
He said: “I have been seeing fake news flying here and there, some said I’m not scared of civil war, any news that you see henceforth that is not from Koiki don’t believe it.
“Anything Koiki says about me is true because we sleep and wake up together every day.”