Breaking! FG uncovers 96 Boko Haram sponsors, 424 associates

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit has discovered 96 terrorist financiers, as well as 424 associates and supporters.

On Thursday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this during a briefing on the President's anti-corruption drive, Muhammadu Buhari.

Lai Mohammed
Lai Mohammed

The fraud section revealed 123 organizations and 33 bureaux de change related to terrorism in the country, according to the minister.

Mohammed, on the other hand, did not mention the sponsors or companies associated to terrorism.

He said, “For its part, the analysis by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, in 2020-2021, revealed 96 financiers of terrorism in Nigeria, 424 associates/supporters of the financiers, involvement of about 123 companies and 33 bureaux de change, in addition to identifying 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and 7 co-conspirators.

The analysis has resulted in the arrest of 45 suspects who will soon face prosecution and seizure of assets.

Regarding terrorism financing, the Minister said, "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.”

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