Sun. Jul 21st, 2024

Ngozi James

The Federal Government says it has uncovered 96 financiers of terrorism in Nigeria, particulary those supporting Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Minister of Information and Culture,  Lai Mohammed disclosed this at a briefing on the anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister said the  Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) uncovered the financiers of terrorism in its 2020-2021 analysis and also unmasked  424 associates/supporters of the financiers and about 123 companies and 33 bureaux de change linked with terrorism.

The minister said the agency also identified 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and seven  co-conspirators.

Mohammed informed that 45 of the suspects will soon face trial. “For its part, the analysis by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), in 2020-2021, revealed 96 financiers of terrorism in Nigeria. The analysis has resulted in the arrest of 45 suspects who will soon face prosecution and seizure of assets,” the minister said.

“On terrorism financing, NFIU had intelligence exchanges on Boko Haram, ISWAP, banditry, kidnapping and others with 19 countries. During the same period, 2020-2021, the organization returned fraudulently-obtained funds totalling US$103,722,102.83, 3,000 Pound Sterling; 7,695 Singapore Dollar and 1,091 Euros to 11 countries of victims who came into the country,” he added.

Mohammed said President Buhari’s Whistle-Blower policy has led to the recovery of N700 billion.

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