The Nigerian government has announced that it discovered 96 sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who made the disclosure during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, said the “Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), in 2020-2021, revealed 96 financiers of terrorism in Nigeria,” while 424 associates and supporters of the financiers were also uncovered.
He added that 123 companies and 33 Bureau de Change were linked to terrorists in addition to 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and seven co-conspirators who have now been identified.
The analysis has resulted in the arrest of 45 suspects who will soon face prosecution and seizure of assets”, adding that the NFIU had intelligence exchanges on Boko Haram, ISWAP, banditry, kidnapping, and others with 19 countries.
According to him, the NFIU during 2020-2021 returned fraudulently-obtained funds totaling US$103,722,102.83, 3,000 Pound Sterling; 7,695 Singapore dollar, and €1,091 to 11 countries of victims who came into the country.