UAE Convicts Six Nigerians For Funding ‘Boko Haram’ Terrorists In 2019

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Six Nigerians have been convicted by an Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after they were accused of funding of Boko Haram, Daily Trust reports.

The conviction which was upheld by the appellate court after they lost an earlier appeal at a lower court saw Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu both sentenced to life imprisonment.

However, the rest, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, got ten-year imprisonment each. Court documents show that between 2015 and 2016, the convicts were allegedly involved in cash transfers totalling $782,000.00 to the extremist group.

The act was contrary to Article 29, Clause 3 of UAE’s Federal Anti-Terrorism Law No 7 of 2017. National Security Bureau said investigation of the Nigerians “confirmed their involvement and membership of the Boko Haram”.

They were arrested between April 16 and 17, 2017, and their homes searched according to the search warrant issued by the National Security Prosecution office dated April 16, 2017.

Abubakar and Adamu were charged for joining Boko Haram knowingly. This negates Article 22/2 of UAE’s Federal Anti-Terrorism Law No 7 of 2017 punishable by death or life imprisonment.

Families of the convicts say they were “framed up”, insisting their bureau de change business in the UAE was legitimate. According to NIDCOM Chairman Abike Dabiri-Erewa, “they can approach the Supreme Court if they so desire.”

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