Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is glad that for the first time in 11 years there appears to be headway on tracking some alleged financiers of Boko Haram’s activities which has left thousands of citizens killed, millions displaced and private property and public institutions worth 9 billion dollars destroyed in Borno and other parts of the northeast and Nigeria at large.
Zulum’s message contained in a statement on Tuesday by his spokesman Malam Isa Gusau who was in reaction to Monday’s cover story of Daily Trust, titled: 6 Nigerians Convicted in United Arab Emirate Over Boko Haram Funding.
The story detailed how an Abu Dhabi appeal court upheld conviction of some Nigerians for allegedly supplying almost N300m to fund Boko Haram.
The convicts according to the court allegedly used bureau de change operations to send $782,000 to Boko Haram in 17 separate transfers from Dubai to Nigeria between 2015 and 2016.
The Borno Governor however noted that he acknowledges and respects the rights of families of those convicted who according to the cover story have raised questions on the United Arab Emirate court judgment, maintaining that the convicts were innocent of the charges.
Zulum urged the Federal Government to consider setting up a multi-stakeholder team with trusted representatives from the Federal Ministries of Justice, Foreign Affairs, the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, NIA, the Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA, the Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad, and the ECOWAS Intergovernmental Action Group on Terrorism Financing in West Africa, GIABA, to assiduously work with the UAE Government to look into the issues raised by families.