Former Governor of Anambra State and Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over the identity of persons financing terrorism in the country.
Naija News recalls that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had last year unveiled the names of six Nigerian citizens allegedly financing Boko Haram and other criminal activities in the country.
UAE revealed Nigerians placed on its watch list as Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.
Speaking ahead of the 2023 general elections, Obi said the need to summon the terrorists’ financiers had become imperative to ensure there were no ‘sacred cows’ in the fight against terrorism, anti-corruption and economic sabotage across the country.
In a tweet via his verified Twitter page on Wednesday, the LP Presidential candidate said it became necessary for the federal government to rise to the occasion.
Obi, who also commented on the report of oil theft in Nigeria, said: “I am struck and intrigued by the news report linking “highly placed” Nigerians to oil theft. The same has been the case with financing insurgency and Boko Haram. When will FGN summon the political will to publicly name such persons?
“In the National Interest, there should be no sacred cows – PO”.
FG Uncovers 96 Boko Haram, ISWAP Financiers
President Buhari-led government had in early February 2022, revealed that the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) uncovered 96 financiers of terrorism in the country.
According to the government, it found the reported persons guilty of supporting dreaded Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Naija News reports that the development was made known by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
The minister who spoke during a briefing on the anti-corruption fight of President Buhari said NFIU has unmasked 424 associates/supporters of the financiers about 123 companies and 33 bureaux de change linked with terrorism.
Mohammed further said the agency has identified 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and seven co-conspirators.
The government said 45 of the suspects would face trial.
“For its part, the analysis by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), 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 seven co-conspirators”, the Minister had said.
Mohammed explained further that analysis had resulted in the arrest of 45 suspects who will soon face prosecution and seizure of assets.
“Also, from its analysis of tax evasion and tax avoidance linked to corruption, NFIU has identified N3,909,707,678,112.43 in VAT and N3,737,918,335,785.82 in Withholding Tax due to the Government.
“NFIU has also sent 1,165 intelligence reports on cases of corruption, money laundering and other serious offences to 27 domestic agencies for investigation, prosecution and asset recovery,” the statement added.
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