The Federal Government has said that the six Nigerians convicted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for allegedly funding Boko Haram can appeal their conviction to the UAE Supreme Court.
The conviction was upheld by the appellate court after they lost an earlier appeal at a lower court.
Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu were sentenced to life imprisonment, according to Daily Trust.
The other defendants, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, got ten-year imprisonment each.
The Nigerian government noted that the although the convicts lost their appeal, they could file a fresh appeal to the apex court in the Emirates if they desired.
The convicts allegedly made wire transfers to Boko Haram to the tune of $782, 000.
Speaking on the development, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCom, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the men could approach the UAE Supreme Court “if they so desired.”
She stated in a tweet, “They can approach the Supreme Court if they so desire as we continue to appeal to Nigerians all over the world to desist from crime and criminality. The case had been in court since 2015.”
Also, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, said the government would be exploring various options including diplomatic avenues to help the defendants but noted that there was no official position on the case for now.