BREAKING: FG Uncovers 96 Boko Haram, ISWAP Sponsors, 123 Companies Linked To Terrorism

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The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has identified 96 terrorist financiers, including those supporting Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).

NFIU has also unmasked 424 financiers’ associates/supporters, 123 companies, and 33 bureaux de change linked to terrorism, according to the Nigerian government.

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On Thursday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, revealed this at a briefing to share information on President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign.

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He went on to say that the agency has identified 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers as well as seven accomplices.

 

According to Mohammed, 45 of the suspects will be tried in the near future.

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“For its part, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) analysis in 2020-2021 revealed 96 terrorist financiers in Nigeria, 424 associates/supporters of the financiers, involvement of approximately 123 companies and 33 bureaux de change, as well as identifying 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and seven co-conspirators,” he said.

 

“As a result of the investigation, 45 people have been arrested and assets have been seized.” NFIU has also identified N3,909,707,678,112.43 in VAT and N3,737,918,335,785.82 in Withholding Tax due to the government based on its analysis of tax evasion and tax avoidance linked to corruption.

 

“NFIU has also sent 1,165 intelligence reports to 27 domestic agencies for investigation, prosecution, and asset recovery in cases of corruption, money laundering, and other serious offenses.”

 

“NFIU had intelligence exchanges with 19 countries on Boko Haram, ISWAP, banditry, kidnapping, and other terrorism financing issues.” During the same time period, from 2020 to 2021, the organization returned funds totaling US$103,722,102.83, 3,000 pounds sterling, 7,695 Singapore dollars, and 1,091 euros to 11 countries of victims who entered the country.”

 

President Buhari’s whistle-blower policy, according to Mohammed, has resulted in the recovery of N700 billion.

 

SaharaReporters reported in April 2021 that security agencies arrested over 400 people during a nationwide crackdown on suspected terrorist collaborators and financiers.

 

They were allegedly apprehended in a joint operation by the NFIU, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is said to have given his approval to the operation in 2020.

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They were being held in military and DSS facilities in Abuja and other locations, according to reports.

 

Following the conviction of Boko Haram financiers in the United Arab Emirates, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), confirmed the report a few days later, saying the Nigerian government had launched “a wider and far-reaching investigation” into terrorism financing.

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