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Six Nigerians convicted in UAE for funding Boko Haram in 2019

Half a dozen Nigerians have been convicted in the UAE for funding the notorious terrorist group, Boko Haram.

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Six Nigerian nationals were convicted by an Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for funding Boko Haram in 2019, according to Daily Trust.

This was disclosed on Monday in an exclusive report by Daily Trust. The media platform revealed that the Nigerians were responsible for laundering the sum of $782, 000 between 2015 and 2016.

“Two of the convicts, Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu were sentenced to life imprisonment; while the remaining four, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf, and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa were handed ten-year imprisonment respectively,” Daily Trust revealed.

“According to the judgment, all the accused were charged with funding a terror group (Boko Haram) by facilitating transfers of money from Dubai to Nigeria for alleged terror operations.

“Engaging in such an activity is a crime under Article 29, Clause 3 of UAE’s Federal Law No 7 of 2017 with regards to anti-terrorism law, documents seen by this paper showed.”

Also revealed was that Boko Haram uses undercover agents to facilitate its funding, the agents are based in Nigeria.

One of them, Alhaji Sa’idu, who is allegedly based in Nigeria and said to be a senior undercover Boko Haram member responsible for facilitating the group’s access to funds from its sponsors” they said.

“Also fingered in some of the transitions is one Alhaji Ashiru, said to be a Nigerian government official and a senior undercover Boko Haram member, who facilitated the transfer of misappropriated public funds to the group.

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said Nigeria is aware of the convictions and has written to the UAE to know who was involved.

“Nigerian government has written firstly for copies of the proceedings, which will give us the opportunity to see whether justice was done or not. And on whether they have committed the crime, we requested to know who and who are involved, so that the Nigerian government will know what to do next.

“Nigerian government is working but it doesn’t have the exclusive control, it has to rely on the information provided by UAE. So, it is not in control of the speed of response or action.

“We are working on both the issues that they did not receive a fair hearing and that they were alleged to have supported Boko Haram activities,” Malami said.

What you should know 

Nairametrics reported in 2016 that Boko Haram started a form of microfinance by providing or promising capital and loans to young entrepreneurs and business owners in northeast Nigeria, as a ploy to get them to join the group.

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According to aid agency – Mercy Corps, Boko Haram was exploiting the poverty facing most small business owners from butchers and beauticians to tailors and traders, to get them to accept the loans in exchange for joining Boko Haram.

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In a 2015 survey of academic, governmental and journalistic accounts, it was reported that  Boko Haram funds its escalating acts of terror through black market dealings, local and international benefactors, and links to al-Qaeda and other well-funded groups in the Middle East, such as ISIS – the most dangerous fundamental group in the world today.

Why it matters 

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Tracing terrorism funding is a problem globally and also a problem in Nigeria. The reports from the UAE show that terrorist groups work with some government agencies to hide from suspicion. The report also revealed Boko Haram has their money laundered through Bureau de Changes.  This could lead to tighter currency transfer regulations from the CBN and demands for more transparency into dealings and the sources of funds.

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Feehi Joseph

    November 9, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Am very happy and thanks yhe UAE government by exposing the sponsors of Boko haram, Nigeria government cannot say their not aware of their activities.

    • Terver Iyonguvihi

      November 10, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      This Good for Nigeria from the UAE; the sad part we are yet to hear of a single arrest or conviction of such high profile sponsors in Nigeria. Where there’s accountability, systems work.

      • Farm site

        November 11, 2020 at 6:32 am

        Great Youth of our Nation, hear what Malamj is saying;

        “We are working on both the issues that they did not receive a fair hearing and that they were alleged to have supported Boko Haram activities,” Malami said.

        Who is this Malamj? He is currently The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami,
        Am calling on Our President Muhammad Buhari to PLEASE AND PLEASE remove the attorney general and minister of Justice abubakar makami IMMEDIATELY.
        HOW COULD HE SAID THEY WERE NOT GIVEN FAIR HEARING.
        malamu, did you think UAE is like Nigeria judiciary system?

    • Faith

      November 10, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      This is what Nigeria government should have done instead of customising #ENDSARS protesters.
      I hope they will not sweep this under the carpet…
      God bless UAE for this.

      • Faith

        November 10, 2020 at 4:17 pm

        FAITHNovember 10, 2020 at 4:15 pm
        Your comment is awaiting moderation.

        This is what Nigeria government should have done instead of victimising #ENDSARS protesters.
        I hope they will not sweep this under the carpet…
        God bless UAE for this.

  2. Anonymous

    November 9, 2020 at 11:14 am

    May Allah keep exposing them all.

    • Anonymous

      November 9, 2020 at 8:22 pm

      It is a welcome development. Nice one. You should know that nigeria government are involved in all the boko haram. The founder and leader of boko haram is buhari son in-law, the former governor of borno state, Amadu Sheriff. They all know and he is walking freely with luxurious cars in Nigeria. It’s only to kill innocent youth they know. They are killing the northerners for free. Nigeria government are using boko haram as politics, killing their own people for free…Dubai government should never realise them. If they handled them to Nigeria government, they will be freed.. please, don’t leave them..

      • Blunt Kind

        November 10, 2020 at 6:06 am

        They should be hanged to death publicly.
        Such people are not suppose to be alive because they are murderers. Our government has sentenced so many innocent people to death because of hatred, power and polities, this people are responsible for the mayhem and evil and death called boko haram, they should be killed immediately, painful death is what they deserve. We heard about the conviction, is it going to be real, don’t be surprise they are walking freely wherever they are right now.

    • Anonymous

      November 9, 2020 at 9:15 pm

      I’m not surprise at all. Nigeria government is evil and will never go free. We are taking over sooner or later.

    • Anonymous

      November 10, 2020 at 8:47 am

      It’s really a disgrace, the country’s judiciary is just a so called. O

  3. Anonymous

    November 9, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    And to freeze innocent peoples acct fighting for the truth #Endsars is so easy for them to do

  4. Anonymous

    November 10, 2020 at 1:23 am

    I hope that those individuals account have also been frozen? too?
    As did to endsars sponsored group by CNN?

  5. Ugo

    November 10, 2020 at 7:10 am

    They got what they deserved because their devilish activities have caused massive destruction of lives and properties. Its pay time.

    I will advise that they remain in the UAE prison and not be to hand over to the Nigerian government if we are serious about pushing them.

    May God continue to expose every secret in the dark against our beloved nation, Nigeria.

  6. Anonymous

    November 10, 2020 at 7:35 am

    When GEJ said boko haram is part of my government, most people thought it was a joke. Now see how they ve blended in using people’s challenges to lure them into joining them. Northerners should hold their leaders on their balls cos those leaders don’t like them. They enslave them and kill them at the same time and this is heartbreaking.
    UAE I beg of u do not release those men. Let them serve their jail them over there cos if u do, they ll walk freely again in no time that’s how corrupt the system is. #EndbadLeadershipInNigeria

  7. Anonymous

    November 10, 2020 at 7:38 am

    When GEJ said boko haram is part of my government, most people thought it was a joke. Now see how they ve blended in using people’s challenges to lure them into joining them. Northerners should hold their leaders on their balls cos those leaders don’t like them. They enslave them and kill them at the same time and this is heartbreaking.
    UAE I beg of u do not release those men. Let them serve their jail them over there cos if u do, they ll walk freely again in no time that’s how corrupt the system is. #EndbadLeadershipInNigeria

  8. Anonymous

    November 10, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Bad Nigeria.

  9. Anonymous

    November 10, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Is Malami saying that they were not given fair trial?

  10. Justice

    November 10, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks to UAE government, I love UAE people and I will continue to be loving them till eterninty, laws are laws in UAE not like so call Nigeria with corrupt Leaders! I appeal to UAE government not to release those evil people that are jailed, Nigerians are dying😭 every day

    Nigerian Youths are ready to work with our last sthrengh if we get the job, Nigerian Government are not care or think about their Citizens growth! May God bless UAE, may God bless Nigeria and God Bless Nigerian Youths.

    #EndBadGovermentInNigeria

    • Yunesa yusfu

      November 11, 2020 at 2:46 am

      This is a very interesting development, Nigerian govt should do everything possible to unravel the truth about this matter and bring these people to book and make sure they face the law, or else book haram will never stop in Nigeria.

  11. ANONYMOUS

    November 11, 2020 at 1:32 am

    💔Malami is trying to defend them already (ANIMAL FARM)
    UAE👍
    Nigeria government could not fish out sponsors of “Boko Haram” but could traced and freezed accounts of “ENDSARS” promoters.
    It is a BIG SIN to be a Nigerian
    Vision 2020 NO!
    Basic amenities NO!
    Employment NO!
    Empowerment NO!
    Restructuring NO!
    Protest NO!
    Yet they are paying themselves different allowances and hiding palliative everywhere (BAD GOVERNANCE)
    2023 = OUR PVC

  12. ANONYMOUS

    November 11, 2020 at 1:34 am

    💔Malami is trying to defend them already (ANIMAL FARM)
    UAE👍
    Nigeria government could not fish out sponsors of “Boko Haram” but could traced and freezed accounts of “ENDSARS” promoters.
    It is a BIG SIN to be a Nigerian
    Vision 2020 NO!
    Basic amenities NO!
    Employment NO!
    Empowerment NO!
    Restructuring NO!
    Protest NO!
    Yet they are paying themselves different allowances and hiding palliative everywhere (BAD GOVERNANCE)
    2023 = OUR PVC

  13. Farm Site

    November 11, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Great YOUTH of our dear Country NIGERIA
    take note if the following points as reported by Daily Trust

    1)- Six Nigerian nationals were convicted by an Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for funding Boko Haram in 2019, according to Daily Trust.

    2)-“Engaging in such an activity is a crime under Article 29, Clause 3 of UAE’s Federal Law No 7 of 2017 with regards to anti-terrorism law, documents seen by this paper showed.”

    3)- “Also fingered in some of the transitions is one Alhaji Ashiru, said to be a Nigerian government official and a senior undercover Boko Haram member, who facilitated the transfer of misappropriated public funds to the group”

    4)- The Attorney General & Minister of Justice abubakar makami said “We are working on both the issues that they did not receive a fair hearing and that they were alleged to have supported Boko Haram activities,” Malami said.

    BOKOHARAM KILLS NIGERIAN CITIZENS, SOLDIERS ETC

    MY FRIENDS THAT WE SCHOOLS TOGETHER IN kEBBI(kanta college) were killed by bokoharan.

    BANDITRY, KIDNAPPING, IN NIGERIA BY BOKOHARAM,

    BOKOHARAM DIVIDES NIGERIAN, CAUSES DISUNITY AMONG US(North, South, East & West),

    BOKOHARAM TURNS YORUBAS AGAINST HAUSA, IGBOS,ALL AGAINST ONE ANOTHER, SO THAT WE CAN’T SEE OURSELVES AS ONE NIGERIA.

    UAE DISCOVERED & PROSECUTED & CONVICTED THE NIGERIAN CITIZENS (BOKOHARAM) for financing & sponsoring terrorist activities in Nigeria and OUR MINISTER IF JUSTICE abubakar makami said THEY WERE NOT GIVEN FAIR HEARING

    WHO WILL SAVE THIS COUNTRY FROM THE HANDS OF ‘WRONG THINKING FACULTY’

  14. Farm Site

    November 11, 2020 at 8:13 am

    It is unfortunate Central Bank of Nigeria has SUCCESSFULLY discovered the account of those that sponsored ENDSARS and freezed their accounts while CENTRAL BANK cannot or have never DISCOVERED the accounts of those sponsoring bokoharan.
    WHICH UAE DISCOVERED, PROSECUTED & SECURED CONVICTION OF THOSE NIGERIAN CITIZENS THAT ARE FINANCING/SPONSORING BOKOHARAN.

    ALL PAST & PRESENT CENTRAL BANK GOVERNORS YOU HAVE FAILED YOURSELF, FAILED YOUR FAMILY, FAILED YOUR STATE, FAILED YOUR COUNTRY (NIGERIA), FAILED YOUR GENERATION. YOU FAILED YOUR CREATOR.

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Apapa gridlock: NPA MD says e-Call up will eliminate human intervention and extortion

The MD of the NPA has stated that the introduction of the e-call up system will eliminate extortion by enforcement and security officers.

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Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, Maritime, Ports, Badagry deep seaport, NPA, LADOL collision intensifies, as they throw counter-accusation over contract 

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, has said that the introduction of the Electronic Call-up system will eliminate human intervention from the process thereby eliminating extortion by enforcement and security officers.

This is as she also revealed that shipping companies make billions of naira from importers forfeiting their deposits for returned containers due to congestion in and around the ports.

This was disclosed by Bala-Usman during an interview on Channels Television.

The NPA boss said that one of the solutions being introduced is to create holding bays outside the ports for empty containers, so that the containers will no longer be returned to the ports, but instead to these holding bays, with shipping companies taking responsibility.

READ: CBN to sanction exporters who default on export proceed number

What the NPA Managing Director is saying

Bala-Usman said, ‘’We have reached a point where we are going to have a strong Electronic Call up that will remove human intervention from the process. One of the key aspects of this E-Call up is the fact that we have approved truck parks where all trucks must sit in order to access the port location.

‘’Having identified this truck park through a public process, we have listed eight truck parks that have been so certified by Lagos State Government and Nigerian Ports Authority as approved truck parks that all trucks that have the intention of doing business in the port will sit and they will be called upon using an electronic call-up.’’

Going further she said, ‘’40-50% of trucks causing congestion are actually trying to return empty containers. Shipping companies make billions of naira from importers forfeiting deposits for returned containers, most deposits are forfeited because of congestion, a status quo that pleases shipping companies.

‘’One solution being introduced is to create holding bays outside the ports for empty containers. So consignees no longer need to return the containers to Ports, but instead to holding bays, where Shipping companies will take responsibility.’’

While acknowledging the fact that there will be glitches and teething issues in the deployment of the electronic call-up system, she, however, said we must start and address the issues as they arise.

READ: NPA expects 23 ships with petrol, food items, other commodities at Lagos Ports Complex

What you should know

  • As part of measures to resolve the gridlock around the ports axis, the NPA had launched an Electronic Truck call-up system, Eto, designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos ports.
  • This is to also help complement the drive for a business-friendly and secure environment for port business in Nigeria.
  • During the implementation of the new system, all trucks doing business at the ports will be required to park at the approved truck parks until they are called up into the port through the Eto app.
  • The Lagos State Government through its newly constituted Traffic Management Enforcement Team to resolve Apapa gridlocks and the Nigerian Port Authority Security Team also identified parks as holding bay for trucks around the metropolis.

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NAHCO recalls suspended GMD

NAHCO recalled Adetokunbo Fagbemi, its Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

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The Board of Directors of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO Aviance) has recalled Mrs. Adetokunbo Fagbemi, the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the aviation handling firm.

The GMD was suspended over Management’s failure to diligently secure the delivery of a purchased equipment from vendor within the contracted period and Management’s inability to provide satisfactory/acceptable reason for the unreasonable long delay.

This was disclosed by the Board via a statement issued and seen by Nairametrics on Thursday.

It stated, “The Board is however pleased to inform the investing public and the Exchange that on, Tuesday, February 24, 2021, a satisfactory evidence of departure and arrival dates of the equipment has been received by the board from the equipment manufacturer.

“Consequently, the Board at its emergency meeting today, February 24, 2021, has recalled the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Adetokunbo A. Fagbemi from the suspension and she has resumed work.”

What you should know

  • The GMD was suspended by the Board at a meeting held on 27th of January 2021 in line with the Board’s earlier decision that if a certified bill of lading for the equipment was not received by 2nd February 2021, the GMD/CEO shall proceed on suspension with half pay until receipt of acceptable evidence of equipment shipment from the manufacturer.
  • Since Fagbemi commenced her suspension on February 3rd, 2021, Mr. Olumuyiwa A. Olumekun, the Group Executive Director, Corporate Services, has been acting as the GMD/CEO.

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