Chief Yomi Aliu (SAN), The lead counsel for Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) has opposed claims that some groups and individuals are funding the lawsuits filed by Igboho in Nigerian courts.
He said that he has been rejecting what he depicted as peanuts being offered by some groups and individuals based on Igboho’s command.
In a communiqué on Saturday, Aliu also blamed criticism of Justice Igweatu for the conditions he gave for the bail of Igboho’s aides at a Federal High Court, Abuja. He noted that the criticisms showed that the critics lack knowledge on the law of the land.
The statement says: “It has come to our notice that various groups and individuals that have nothing to do with the case filed by Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Igboho Oosa have been laying claims to sponsoring the suits and/or criticising decisions of court thereon.
“We want to be quick to say that as at today no group and/or individual has contributed a kobo to the two cases going on in Nigeria to wit, his aides’ case in Abuja and the Ibadan matter. Various peanuts offered by some very loud groups have been turned down by me on my client’s instructions.
“He has been carrying his cross alone with no assistance from home or abroad! People should be brave to challenge any individual and/or group asking them for money on bail on his behalf or those of his aides!
“Bail is free in all Courts in Nigeria and as such neither Igboho nor his aides need assistance on bail. Our client is willing and able to prosecute his matters to logical conclusions without peanuts being offered by those claiming to be involved in his struggle.
“We also wish to educate those criticising the bail conditions ordered by the Federal High Court, Abuja. The criticisms are unfounded and only came out of ignorance of the law on bail. The judge has a discretion which had been exercised by him judicially and judiciously in our matter.
“The sagacity and bravery of the Judiciary should be commended in this season of anonymity where security outfits, especially DSS, are lords unto themselves with no respect for the rule of law and or institution for the same. We should not forget so soon the invasion of judges’ homes in what they tagged “sting operations” to embarrass not the judges concerned but to cow the institution into total submission and oblivion. This is why every democrat and believer in the rule of law should give loud ovations to Igweatu J. Of the Federal High Court, Abuja and Diran Akintola J. of Oyo State High Court. Today is definitely history tomorrow.
“Back to the issue of bail. Bail is for an individual and can never be granted jointly. If 2 people stand for 8 defendants what happens if one absconds? Will the judge now lift the bail hitherto granted to the rest 7? The group criticising the bail terms have very eminent lawyers in their midst and have direct access to the undersigned thereby putting serious doubt as to whether the criticism emanated from them or from the usual 5th Columnists in the security outfits bent on putting wedges on the joint efforts of the populace searching for justice.
“If we have problems in perfecting the terms of the bail we can always go back to court for variation or at worst appeal. Definitely we CANNOT do any of these on the pages of newspapers and neither shall we encourage anybody to do that for our clients.
“We are not oblivious of the facts that our client’s matter cuts across diverse interests in Nigeria especially Yorubas but his legal teams comprise almost all ethnic groups in Nigeria since justice has neither colour nor smell! It is in this wise that we implore all to kindly ask for clarifications from us before passing comments in the media.
“So far so good all the parties concerned have not shown any act inimical to the course of justice in the two matters before the Court.
We must put on record efforts by “OODUA NATION GROUP” to stand as sureties for their members and all others granted bail by the Federal High Court, Abuja.”
Meanwhile, Alhaji Yusuf Saheed alias Ajikobi 1, an ally of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator says, the activist predicted his current travails. He disclosed that Igboho told a few of them close to him about what he might go through in the course of time.
Alhaji Ajikobi informed BBC Yoruba that nothing happening to Igboho since the incursion of his Ibadan residence early last month by security operatives could therefore be said to have caught him unawares.
Saheed noted that Igboho was well prepared for all that has happened and had instructed his supporters to keep on fighting for the realization of Yoruba Nation in the event he was taken out of circulation by government or its agents.
He said:”Igboho told me a secret. We were four on that fateful day. Igboho is like an angel; he is a man who saw tomorrow, because what happened to him, he had predicted his current predicament.
“He told us that even if anything happens, it is his joy that the agitation must continue. He said no going back. So, since we must not betray, we must not betray him or the struggle.”
Continuing, Saheed said: ”Igboho is a man who saw tomorrow, I was one of those who accepted Sunday Igboho’s struggle and I followed him closely because he was fighting a worthy cause.”
He portrayed Igboho as a generous man, saying: “ No one goes to Igboho’s house in tears and leaves the same way. He helped people in different ways. Even with the agitation, he was fighting for the masses.”