UAE convicts 6 Nigerians for sending $782,000 to Boko Haram
An Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has convicted six Nigerians over alleged funding of a terrorist group, Bokoharam.
Names of the 6 Nigerians convicted by UAE
Daily Trust reported that Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu were sentenced to life imprisonment. At the same time, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, got ten-year imprisonment each.
The appellate court upheld the conviction after they lost an earlier appeal at a lower court.
Offence committed by the Nigerian convicts
Court documents show that between 2015 and 2016, the convicts were allegedly involved in cash transfers totalling $782,000.00 to Boko Haram.
The act was contrary to Article 29, Clause 3 of UAE’s Federal Anti-Terrorism Law No 7 of 2017.
National Security Bureau said the investigation of the Nigerians “confirmed their involvement and membership of the Boko Haram”.
Abubakar and Adamu were charged for joining Boko Haram knowingly.
This negates Article 22/2 of UAE’s Federal Anti-Terrorism Law No 7 of 2017 punishable by death or life imprisonment.
Alhassan, Musa, Yusuf and Isa were charged with assisting the sect knowingly.
How the transaction was carried out
Most of the transactions were facilitated by two undercover Boko Haram agents based in Nigeria. One of them is Alhaji Sa’idu and Alhaji Ashiru.
The other “Alhaji Ashiru” was described as a Nigerian government official.
He also reportedly channelled misappropriated public funds to terrorists.
According to Daily Post report, "Sa’idu’s modus operandi is using unidentified Arab persons on a visit to Dubai from Turkey to hand over US Dollars to one of the convicts, who then remit Naira equivalent to the agent".
However, Families of the convicts say they were framed up, insisting their bureau de change business in the UAE was legitimate.
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