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UAE Names Six Nigerian Financiers Of Boko Haram

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday, September 13, named six (6) Nigerians with ties to insurgent group Boko Haram as terrorist financiers.

It was gathered that the UAE Cabinet issued Resolution No 83 of 2021, designating a total of 38 individuals and 15 entities on its approved list of persons and organisations supporting Boko Haram and other terrorist causes.

The Nigerians linked to the Boko Haram group are: Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.

The six persons have been previously tried and sentenced in the UAE.

The resolution underscored the country’s commitment to target and dismantle networks; that finance terrorism and its related activities.

It further demands that regulatory authorities monitor and identify any individuals or entities affiliated with or associated with any financial, commercial, or technical relationship; and take the necessary measures according to the laws in force in the country in less than 24 hours.

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In April 2019, the Abu Dhabi federal court of appeal sentenced both Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saliuh Yusuf Adamu to life imprisonment followed by deportation.

Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf, and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, were each sentenced to 10 years in prison, and also followed by deportation.

The court found them guilty of setting up a Boko Haram cell in the UAE; to raise funds and material assistance for the insurgents in Nigeria.

In December 2019, a UAE federal supreme court also turned down an appeal by the six Nigerians; upholding the ruling of the appeal court.

The Nigerians were said to have transferred up to $800,000 in favour of Boko Haram between 2015 and 2016.

The Boko Haram insurgency has killed over 40,000 people with two million displaced, according to an AFP report.

A former assistant director of the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, asserted that the U.S. had been positively disposed to supporting Nigeria; especially in the fight against terrorism; noting that the question was whether the Federal Government would embrace the current gesture.

“Are we ready to arrest and prosecute these sponsors when exposed? Are we simply going to lock them away as has been done in the past? These are the concerns and the Americans may lose interest; if we don’t take it seriously,” Amachree said in a report.

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