May 20, 2022

FG Unmasks 96 Boko Haram Sponsors, 45 To Face Trial

The Federal Government on Thursday announced that through its Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, it has uncovered 96 financiers of terrorism, including 424 associates/supporters of the financiers.

This development was made known by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, during a briefing on the anti-corruption fight by the Buhari-led administration.

Lai Mohammed noted that the fraud unit unmasked 123 companies and 33 bureaux de change linked with terrorism in Nigeria.

The minister further added that the analysis has resulted in the arrest of 45 suspects who will soon face prosecution and seizure of assets. 

He said, “For its part, the analysis by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, 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 7 co-conspirators. The analysis has 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.”

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