File photo of the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington D.C., the United States.
The United States has sanctioned six Nigerians with alleged ties to the dreaded Islamic Sect, Boko Haram, in Nigeria.
The US State and Treasury Departments announced on Friday that six Nigerians, namely, Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad were added to the terror-support list by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), following their arrest, prosecutions, and designations by the UAE Government in September 2021.
The six Nigerian citizens who were found guilty of establishing a Boko Haram cell in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to raise funds and provide material assistance to Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria. The men were convicted in the UAE of attempting to send $782,000 from Dubai to Boko Haram affiliates in Nigeria.
The statement from the US Treasury Department says, “The United States is designating six individuals for their support of the terrorist group Boko Haram.
“The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has added Nigerian nationals Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Boko Haram.
“Today’s action follows the United Arab Emirates’ prosecutions, convictions, and designations of these individuals for supporting terrorism. The Department of State designated Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization on November 14, 2013.
“The Nigeria-based group is responsible for numerous attacks in the northern and northeastern regions of the country as well as in the Lake Chad Basin in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have killed thousands of people since 2009.”
Adamu and Muhammad were sentenced to life in prison for violating the emirates’ anti-terrorism laws, while Musa, Yusuf, Isa, and Alhassan received sentences of 10 years in prison followed by deportation.
The Nigerian Government had earlier announced that it was investigating some Nigerians with ties to Boko Haram.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, In May 2021, said that ongoing investigations have revealed many highly placed Nigerians and businessmen involved in financing terrorism, but however failed to reveal their identity and is yet to presecute them.