FG uncovers 96 Boko Haram sponsors

FG uncovers 96 Boko Haram sponsors

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit has discovered 96 terrorist financiers, as well as 424 associates and allies of the financiers.

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, made the revelation on Thursday, February 3, during a briefing on President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign.

Lai Mohammed also revealed that the fraud section has identified 123 companies and 33 bureaux de change in the country that were tied to terrorism.

The minister 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 intelligencereports on cases of corruption, money laundering and other serious offences to 27 domestic agencies for investigation, prosecution and asset recovery.

“On terrorism financing, NFIU had intelligence exchanges on Boko Haram, ISWAP, banditry, kidnapping and others with 19 countries.

During the same period, 2020-2021, the organization returned fraudulently-obtained funds totalling US$103,722,102.83, 3,000 Pound Sterling; 7,695 Singapore Dollar and 1,091 Euros to 11 countries of victims who came into the country.”

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