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Senate seeks prosecution of Boko Haram sponsors

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The Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to expedite actions on the prosecution of persons funding the operations of the Boko Haram sect.

The Senate Committee on Army made the request during a press conference shortly after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and top generals visited the National Assembly to defend the 2021 budget of the Army behind closed doors.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Ali Ndume, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said Buhari should emulate the leadership of the United Arab Emirates which recently prosecuted and jailed some identified sponsors of the deadly sect.

Recall that a Federal Court of Appeal in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) had convicted six Nigerians for allegedly funding Boko Haram.

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.

According to Court documents, between 2015 and 2016, the convicts were allegedly involved in cash transfers totalling $782,000 to Boko Haram.

Article 29, Clause 3 of UAE’s Federal Anti-Terrorism Law No 7 of 2017 criminalises such act.

UAE’s National Security Bureau said investigations confirmed the accused Nigerians’ involvement and membership of Boko Haram.

They were arrested between 16th and 17th April, 2017, and their homes searched according to the search warrant issued by the National Security Prosecution office dated 16th April, 2017.

This act is punishable by death or life imprisonment as stated in Article 22/2 of UAE’s Federal Anti-Terrorism Law No 7 of 2017 .

Alhassan, Musa, Yusuf and Isa were charged with assisting the sect knowingly.

This negates Article 31, Clause 1 of the same law, which is punishable by life imprisonment or at least five years in jail.

 
 
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