Insecurity: High profile Nigerians are sponsoring terrorism – FG
Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria.
May 7, 2021
Above image courtesy of local sources, fair use.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, on Friday, said that investigations have revealed that some high-profile Nigerians are involved in the financing and sponsorship of terrorism in the country.
The AGF who disclosed this in a media chat with State House correspondents at the presidential villa, Abuja, stated that such persons are being profiled for prosecution.
He said the arrest and apprehension of the yet-to-be-revealed number of suspects followed the recent convictions of some Nigerians on terrorism financing in the United Arab Emirates, UAE.
Malami said ongoing investigations have proffered reasonable grounds to prosecute the high-profile Nigerians and institutions across the country who are involved in such acts.
When the minister was asked to throw more light on the extent of prosecution, he stated the following:
“As you will actually know, sometimes back there were certain convictions of Nigerians allegedly involved in terrorism financing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“That gave rise to a wider and far-reaching investigation in Nigeria and I’m happy to report that arising from the wider coverage investigation that has been conducted in Nigeria, a number of people, both institutional and otherwise, were found to be culpable.
“I mean reasonable grounds for suspicion of terrorism financing have been established, or perhaps has been proven to be in existence in respect of the transactions of certain higher-profile individuals and businessmen across the country.
“I’m happy to report those investigations have been ongoing, and it has reached an advanced stage.
“Arising from the investigation, there exists, certainly, reasonable grounds for suspicion that a lot of Nigerians, high-profile, institutional, and otherwise, are involved in terrorism financing and they are being profiled for prosecution.
“In essence, it is indeed true that the government is prosecuting and it’s indeed initiating processes of prosecuting those high-profile individuals that are found to be financing terrorism. It is indeed true.”
Meanwhile, the minister was reluctant to state categorically clear the number of such suspects as he maintained that the investigation was still in the process.
“As to the number, the investigation is ongoing and it has to be conclusive before one can arrive at a certain number, but one thing I can tell you is it is a large number and they are being profiled for prosecution.
“It is indeed a large number and I’m not in a position to give you the precise number as of now because the profiling and investigation are ongoing,” the AGF said.
He, however, reiterated the government’s resolve to invoke the full wrath of the law on any person or individuals that may be sponsoring terrorism in the country nor matter who is involved.
“The message is clear: nobody is going to be spared, no stone will be left unturned. We shall certainly and aggressively pursue those people that are involved in terrorist financing as far as the Nigerian state is concerned,” he said.