Federal Government Discloses Names of Alleged Terrorism Financiers

In a decisive move against terrorism financing, the Federal Government of Nigeria has released the names of 15 individuals and entities implicated in funding terrorist activities within the country. This list, unveiled on March 20, 2024, includes nine individuals and six Bureau De Change operators and firms, marking a significant step in the nation’s fight against terrorism.

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) disclosed the identities in a document titled “Designation of Individuals and Entities for March 18, 2024.” The document emerged from the deliberations of the Nigeria Sanctions Committee (NSC), which met on March 18 to recommend sanctions against these parties for their alleged involvement in terrorism financing.

Among those named is Tukur Mamu, a Kaduna-based publisher currently facing trial over allegations of aiding terrorists who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train line in March 2022. The document accuses Mamu of participating in the financing of terrorism by receiving and delivering ransom payments totaling $200,000 for ISWAP terrorists for the release of hostages from the train attacks.

The list also includes an individual suspected of attacking the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, on June 5, 2022, and the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja on July 5, 2022. Another person named is described as a member of Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladissudam, a terrorist group associated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, trained under Muktar Belmokhtar and involved in designing terrorist communication codes and IED expertise.

The Federal Government, under President Bola Tinubu, has expressed its commitment to dealing with the threat of terrorism by targeting the financial networks that support it. The NFIU’s revelation is part of a broader strategy to disrupt the flow of funds to terrorist organizations and bring those responsible to justice.

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This development underscores the government’s resolve to address the root causes of terrorism and safeguard the nation’s security and stability.

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