Nigerian Authorities Challenged To Name Sponsors And Financiers Of BokoHaram And ISWAP

By Lateef Adegbite

 When Lai Mohammed , minister of Information and Culture, revealed that that the Federal government have uncovered 96 persons as financiers of the Islamic Fundamentalist Group, Boko Haram and the Islamic State of west African Province, ISWAP,  he may have had at the back of his mind that Nigerians, particular, people of the north east , geopolitical region would applaud him. He go it  wrong.

Ever since he broke the cheering news, he has been under intense pressure from different parts of the country to name the terrorists Organization financiers instead of keeping Nigerians guessing. Emmanuel Ojukwu, a former Commissioner of Police and one-time police spokesperson, during Mohammed Adamu  , Administration as Inspector General  of Police, IGP who could not hide his feelings had said that the Nigerian government  must save the people the trouble of keeping secret  the names of those  financing terrorism in the country.

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He has told those that care to listen that  President Muhammadu Buhari Administration  is ‘’trying to keep  the names of the 96 sponsors and financiers of BokoHaram and ISWAP, a closely guided secret  for political reasons because they are their  allies  and Colleagues’’.

There is a lot of Compromise, the former Police Commissioner insists.  He noted that this is not the first time  the government  , both at the state and Federal level  ,had said that they  know  the sponsor and Financiers of BokoHaram and ISWAP, but nothing came out of it.He has challenged Abubakar Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Attorney General and minister of Justice and Usman Alkali Baba, Inspector General of Police, IGP,  ‘’to get the alleged 96 sponsors and Financiers of BokoHaram and ISAP arrested  , prosecute them  and get behind bars’’ , stressing that Nigerians do not even need  to know  the names of these individuals that linked with the BokoHaram  and ISWAP , terrorists Organizations.

An aggrieved Ojukwu, who could not hide his feelings had said that ‘’it is not enough  to tell Nigerians  that certain number   of terrorism sponsors and Financiers have been uncovered’’. He maintains that there is nothing stopping the Authorities , particular, Nigerian Financial and Intelligence Unit, NFIU, an agency of the ministry of Customs, which had carried out the investigation that had exposed the  Organizations sponsors and Financiers, from ‘’releasing the names’.

The NFIU, had reported that  that the BokoHaram and ISWAP alone in Nigeria,  had 424  associates/ supporters of the financial involvement of   133 Companies including 33 bureau de change, licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to trade of Forex. The agency had further reported that the two terroriss Organisations  which had had brought much hardship to the people of the north east states of Adamawa, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar home state, Borno, home state of Yusuf Buratai, a retired Lt. General and former Chief of Army State and now Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic and yobe state. Note that Babagana Munguno, a retired Major General and National Security Adviser is also from Borno state.

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The NFIU, had stated in its report which was copiously quoted by Lai Mohammed, minister of Information and Culture, while addressing the press, on Thursday, February 3, 2022,  that the two major terrorists Groups , operating in the north east , over the last two decades, obtained  fraudulently  through the 133 Companies and 33 bureau de change including the uncovered 96 other sponsors and Financiers  the amount  totaling $103,722,83, #3,000 and 7,695 singaporean dollars  and 1,091 Euros. More worrisome was the NFIU, revelation  that  the the Organisations  , equally had ‘’intelligence exchanges  with 19 foreign countries. Just as the Nigerian Authorities are under  pressure to  disclose the identities of the 96 individuals involved in sponsoring and financing BokoHaram and ISWAP, Nigerians would also want the  government to named the Foreign countries with link with link to the wo terrorist Groups operating in the north eas statet including the names of the bureau de change operators.

Many believe that it is not enough for the officials of the CBN ‘’,to claim that  with the ammunition given to the apex Bank by the NFIU, to sanction  the 133 Companies and 33 bureau de change that have link with the terrorists Organisations that it has done so’’. They have every reason to doubt th apex Bank because the 2023 general elections is just as around the corner.  

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