The Family of the Late Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, has warned unsuspecting members of the public against falling for the tricks of some fraudsters who have opened an online account for the funeral of the comedian.
The eldest son of the comedian, Rev Bamidele Adejumo, who spoke in an interview with our correspondent in Ilesa on Tuesday, said the family, contrary to the fraudsters’ claims, had not opened any account for the funeral of his father.
He, however, urged members of the public who wish to donate funds to the family to visit the residence of the late comedian in Ilesha, Osun State.
Bamidele said, “We have not opened any PayPal account or any online account. The claim is false information. The family has not asked for anything from anybody. We have not met and nobody is soliciting anything from anybody yet. “We have not opened any PayPal site or Internet account for people to funnel their donations. Anybody who wants to donate anything to the family should please come to the family in Ilesa. Such people can come with pressmen and take photographs to document it.
“They should have standard record and avoid fraudsters posing as members of the family.”
Meanwhile, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has commiserated with the Adejumo Abogunloko family of Ijoka-Ilesa on the passage of Baba Sala.
Aregbesola said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Tuesday by his media aide, Mr Sola Fasure.
The statement read, “I received the news of the death of Pa Moses Adejumo, aka Baba Sala, with a deep and irreplaceable sense of loss. He has been in our prayers since he battled with ailments arising from old age for some time now. His death is significant in here in that he has gone to rest with his Lord permanently.
“Nevertheless, his exit signified an end to his own brand of comedy, which no one can rival or beat. His death has therefore left a yawning gap in the theatre arena in the country.
“Pa Adejumo was, no doubt, a comedian par excellence and a humour merchant of no mean feat. He was a multi-talented artiste whose works straddle music, theatre and comedy. He had a travelling theatre troupe, performing in concerts, got his works recorded on vinyl and LP albums, cassettes, cartridge, celluloid, CD, video CD and DVD. He was also an entrepreneur, with significant investments in entertainment, hotels and recreation.
“He will forever be remembered for his creativity, dramatic simplicity, far-reaching and rib-cracking humour.
“His humour is clean, elevating, uplifting, philosophical and borne out of wisdom. You can hardly watch him without laughing and getting highly elated. He was a harbinger of good fortune: he made people forget their sorrows through his talent.
“His death certainly has left a gap too wide to be covered. On behalf of myself, the government and people of Osun, I send our heartfelt condolences to the immediate and extended family of the late dramatist, the paramount ruler of Ìjèsà Land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, and the association of theatre practitioners in the country.
“We pray that his gentle soul finds solace in and rest eternal with his Lord.”