Oluwatosin Adeniji, an activist, has accused Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement, of embezzling an #EndSARS grant which she claimed Sowore applied for on her behalf in the year 2020.
Adeniji, a known associate of Sowore, claimed in a series of posts on Twitter on Tuesday that Sowore applied for the grant in her name without her knowledge while she was in police custody in Abuja last November.
According to the activist, Sowore, who is also the publisher of Sahara Reporters, and his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, applied for a grant in her name but the funds were not released to her.
Attaching screenshots of her WhatsApp chat with Akinyode, Adeniji stated that Sowore’s lawyer confirmed to her that the grant was indeed applied for and granted in her name.
She narrated that Akinyode informed her that the delay in announcing the news to her was because Sowore purportedly wanted to surprise her with the funds.
The activist, however, also posted screenshots of her conversation with Sowore, in which the online publisher insisted that it was his lawyer, and not him, who applied for the grant.
A THREAD@YeleSowore It's sad that you of all people could take advantage of my predicament. I went to prison last year November over #EndSARS but you decided to apply for a grant in my name without informing me, before, during, and after the application was made.
— Tosin Adeniji #EndSARS🔥🔫🌈 (@callmerahila) April 13, 2021
“Fast forward to January, I found out that a grant was applied for in my name but since you @YeleSowore was in detention I had to ask your lawyer @TopeAkinyod because I found out that he was the lawyer involved in the process.
“He admitted they you both applied for a grant in my name but you didn’t tell me because he feels you want to make it a surprise and that he doesn’t know the current status that I should find out from you.
“Since @topeakinyode said it was meant to be a surprise, I waited this long hoping you will inform me but you didn’t. I decided to take the bold step yesterday by demanding my grant funds from you.
“First, you admitted that a grant was applied for in my name through the late Innocent Chukwuma but you are not sure he submitted the application till his death. You also raised concerns that it is possible that the late Innocent submitted the application and someone went behind your back to get the funds. This sounds absolutely unbelievable, especially coming from a man of your kind who would cross seven seas to unravel a mystery.
When I insisted that I must get my funds from you, you then said it wasn’t you that applied but @topeakinyode did. I reached out to @topeakinyode immediately and he said he wrote a concept paper for a grant in my name on YOUR INSTRUCTIONS (To which I have evidences).
“I really feel oppressed and sad that after giving my commitment to serve in your movement for years to fight a system of oppression, the same you is this person dishing out all this oppression and lies just to get away with it.”
Sowore, a former Presidential candidate of the African Alliance Congress, has responded, saying he has no knowledge of her claim.
Without prejudice to any further action she will take! Pls note that this response is not intended as an attack on @callmerahila, she’s been a committed member of our movt over these yrs and assisted me in the last two years in particular while I was unjustly detained. Thanks!
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) April 13, 2021