Boko Haram sponsors finally exposed, check out their names
Some of Boko Haram’s sponsors were sentenced to prison by a court decision.
Six Nigerians have been convicted by the Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeals in the United Arab Emirates, UAE for funding Boko Haram, according to the Daily Trust.
According to the report, two of the detainees, Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu, were sentenced to life imprisonment, while the other four, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, Abdur Rahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, were sentenced to ten years respectively. imprisonment. The convicts, according to a court order obtained exclusively by the Daily Trust, were put on trial and convicted in 2019.
The court decision also revealed that between 2015 and 2016, the convicts were involved in several money transfers allegedly to Boko Haram in the amount of $ 782,000.00, although their relatives claimed that the transactions were made for lawful purposes.
According to the newspaper, over the past 11 years, the question of funding Boko Haram has remained mysterious, and several theories have been advanced by prominent individuals and groups. This was probably the first time that some people were identified to fund Boko Haram, albeit off the coast of Nigeria.
A senior government official confirmed that he was aware of the case. Court documents reviewed by the Daily Trust indicate that arrest warrants from the National Security Bureau’s office were issued against the defendants after an investigation “confirmed their involvement and membership in the Boko Haram terrorist group” in Nigeria and the transfer of money to this groups.
The defendants were reportedly arrested between April 16-17, 2017, and their homes were searched in accordance with a search warrant issued by the National Security Prosecutor’s Office on April 16, 2017. Subsequently, interrogations were prepared for each of them. them. The first and second defendants were allegedly charged with knowingly joining the Boko Haram group in Nigeria, a crime punishable under Article 22/2 of Federal Law No. 7 of 2017 on combating terrorism, punishable by death or life imprisonment.
The third, fourth, fifth and sixth defendants were charged with willful complicity with a terrorist group, which is a crime under article 31, paragraph 1, of the same law and is punishable by life imprisonment or imprisonment for at least five years under the law of the United Arab Emirates. It turned out that almost all of the transactions that led to the six Nigerians now imprisoned in the UAE were initiated by two undercover agents from Boko Haram who are based in Nigeria, from where they facilitated financial transactions. One of them, Alhaji Saidu, who allegedly lives in Nigeria, is a secret high-ranking member of Boko Haram, responsible for facilitating the group’s access to sponsor funds.
Some of the crossings also feature one Alhaji Ashiru, who is said to be a “government official in Nigeria” and yet a high-ranking secret member of Boko Haram who facilitated the transfer of stolen public funds from the group. The families of the victims told the newspaper that their relatives were most likely deceived during routine currency exchange operations to the point that some of the transactions they facilitated turned out to be proceeds earmarked for Boko Haram’s activities.
It turned out that one of Boko Haram’s couriers, Alhaji Saidu, allegedly organized a visit to Dubai from Turkey to an unidentified or vaguely identified Arab to deliver a sum of US dollars to one of the detainees, who, in turn, he advises his Nigerian partners on business to give him the Naira equivalent of this amount (Alhaji Said). A source familiar with the case said: “I think Alhaji Saidu is just Nom de Guerre, who used the gullibility of the victims to achieve his goal.
They dealt with currency exchange, receiving and sending money on behalf of others. “As far as I understand, they have been doing business for a long time and along the way they fell into a trap. I do not take their side and do not try to blame them, but in general, ignorance is on their side, ”he said.