Embattled Yoruba secessionist leader, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho has warned the general public to avoid falling victim to people soliciting funds to foot his medical bills.
He said he never asked anyone for money.
Igboho, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Olayomi Koiki asked those soliciting for financial assistance on his behalf for medical treatment to desist from doing so.
He emphasised that he did not ask anyone to raise funds for him from members of the public in order to fund his medical expenses.
The development followed a report being circulated in social media that he is soliciting funds through voluntary donations from members of the public to help him get medical attention after being rushed to the hospital.
Igboho had appealed to the government of Benin Republic to allow him to travel to Germany to seek proper medical attention.
The statement is titled, “Chief Sunday Adeyemo has not asked for money towards his medical treatment.”
It reads: “To the General Public. I have just received a message from the lawyer of Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Igboho, to advise and tell the general public that he has not asked anyone, any of his security men or groups of people to demand money towards his medical treatment in Benin Republic.
“Information says some individuals have been collecting money for chief’s medical treatment bill.
“Yes, Chief Sunday Adeyemo is not feeling well like we have reported and we are still using this medium to ask the Government of Benin to please allow him to travel for proper medical treatment for his illness.
“If anyone is not sure of someone calling you for payment towards chief treatment please contact myself Olayomi Koiki, his spokesman on +447594050979.
“And we use this medium to tell those asking for payment for chief medical treatment to desist from doing so.”
Koiki had earlier said Igboho, who is being detained in the Benin Republic, needs urgent medical treatment.
A statement by the Koiki titled ‘On behalf of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, aka Igboho’, called on the government of Benin Republic to grant Igboho permission to receive urgent medical attention.
Igboho was arrested alongside his wife in Cotonou, Benin Republic by security operatives in the West African country on July 19, after fleeing Nigeria to evade arrest by Nigeria’s secret police.
The Department of State Services (DSS) had declared Igboho wanted after its operatives carried out a bloody raid on his residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunnaya, had advised Igboho to turn himself in.
“Those cheering and eulogising him may appeal to or advice him to do the needful,” Afunnaya had said. “He should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities. He or anyone can never be above the law.”
However, Igboho’s wife has since been released from police custody while Igboho remains in detention in the West African country.