Terrorism financing: Prominent Nigerians soon to be prosecuted – FG
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, says some prominent businessmen and organisations in Nigeria will soon be prosecuted for terrorism financing.
He disclosed this Friday while interacting with State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday.
Malami recalled that some Nigerians were convicted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for financing terror groups.
This, he said, prompted wider and far-reaching investigations in Nigeria which implicated certain prominent members of the society.
The minister assured that those involved would be “aggressively pursued”.
“I‘m happy to report that arising from the wider investigation that has been conducted in Nigeria, a number of people, both institutional and otherwise, were found to be culpable.
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“I mean some reasonable grounds for suspicion of terrorism financing have been established, or perhaps has been proven to be in existence in respect of the transactions of certain higher-profile individuals and businessmen across the country.
“I’m happy to report that investigation has been ongoing for a long and it has reached an advanced stage.
“Arising from the investigation, there exists, certainly, reasonable grounds for suspicion that a lot of Nigerians, high-profile institutions and otherwise, are involved in terrorism financing and they are being profiled for prosecution.’’
He did not name the prominent Nigerians involved.
The minister also said that he could not give the number of those involved, noting that investigations would have to be concluded before arriving at a certain number.
“It is indeed a large number and I’m not in a position to give you the precise number as of now because the profiling and investigation are ongoing,’’ Malami stated.