Gov Zulum hails UAE for Exposing Boko Haram sponsors

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Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno is glad that for first time in 11 years, there appears to be headway on tracking some alleged financiers of Boko ’s activities which has left thousands of citizens killed, millions displaced and private properties and public institutions worth billion of dollars destroyed in north-eastern .

Zulum’s message, contained in a statement on Tuesday, by spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, was in reaction to a reportof six Nigerians Convicted in United Arab Emirates (UAE) over ‘Boko ’. An Abu Dhabi Appeal Court upheld conviction of some Nigerians for allegedly supplying almost N300m to fund Boko . convicts, according to court, allegedly used bureau de change operations to send $782,000 to Boko in 17 separate transfers from Dubai to between 2015 and 2016.

Zulum advised the Federal Government to a multi-stakeholder team with trusted representatives from the Federal Ministries of , Foreign Affairs, the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, the Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA, the Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad, and the ECOWAS Intergovernmental Action Group on Terrorism Financing in West Africa, GIABA, to assiduously work with the UAE Government to look into the as well as the concerned raised by families of the convicts over alleged foul play.

The governor also urged the government to follow- on the findings by the UAE with the hope of using the intelligence, if authenticated, to expand search on other Boko sponsors that may be helping in similar ways.

The Governor urged the people of Borno to sustain for God to expose all sponsors of Boko Haram and anyone who knowingly benefits from the crisis at the expense of peace in the .

The 22nd of the United Analytical Support and Sanctions Team had identified charitable donations, extortion, smuggling and ransom remittances from kidnapping as some of the ways through which Boko Haram raises funds.

From PRNigeria