A Federal Court of Appeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has convicted six Nigerians over funding of Boko Haram Operations.
The act was contrary to Article 29, Clause 3 of UAE’s Federal Anti-Terrorism Law No 7 of 2017.
According to Daily Trust, the suspects were convicted on Monday; Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu were sentenced to life imprisonment. They were both charged for joining Boko Haram knowingly.
While the others, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, were sentenced to ten-year imprisonment each.
Alhassan, Musa, Yusuf and Isa were charged with assisting the sect knowingly.
The court documents revealed that between 2015 and 2016, the convicts were allegedly involved in cash transfers totalling $782,000.00 to Boko Haram.
The suspects were arrested between April 16 and 17, 2017. Their homes were also searched according to the search warrant issued by the National Security Prosecution office dated April 16, 2017.
The National Security Bureau stated that investigation of the Nigerians “confirmed their involvement and membership of the Boko Haram”.
It was gathered that most of the transactions were facilitated by two undercover Boko Haram agents based in Nigeria. One of them is “Alhaji Sa’idu” while the other “Alhaji Ashiru” who was described as a “Nigerian government official”
It was also reported that Sa’idu’s modus operandi is using unidentified Arab persons on a visit to Dubai from Turkey to hand over US Dollars to one of the convicts, who then remit Naira equivalent to the agent.
However, families of the convicts say they were “framed up”, insisting their business in UAE was legit.