An Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has convicted six Nigerians over alleged funding of Boko Haram, Daily Post reports. The convicts lost their appeal in an appellate court in the Arabian country. According to the medium, the convicts Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu were sentenced to life imprisonment.
For the rest, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, they got ten-year imprisonment each. This would be the second major bilateral criminal prosecution UAE can conducted against Nigerians this year. Recall that in June, Hushpuppi and Mr Woodberry were arrested by the Dubai police over allegations of wire fraud and other types of internet scam.
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These convicted 6 Nigerians were arrested for sending $782,000 to Boko Haram between 2015 and 2016. This news is brought Twitter to a meltdown with everyone talking about it. For us, it seems that the international community is always better at prosecution than us. For years Boko Haram has held sway in Nigeria. They have destroyed communities. They have killed men, women, and children.
For a decade, Nigeria has battled the Boko Haram insurgency. Tens of thousands of lives have been lost due to a useless ideology. For the people of Northeast Nigeria, their lives have forever been changed. Millions who have been displaced from their ancestral homes will have to live the rest of their lives scarred.
As if that was not enough, Nigeria is concurrently confronted with terrorist groups like ISWAP and Ansaru. Not just that. We are also confronted with a resurgence of banditry attacks in states like Kaduna, Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, to name a few.
Has there ever been any respite against the Boko Haram phenomenon since it became full-blown in 2009/10? I doubt so. From taking captive over 200 Chibok girls to bombing various worship centres and public places, Boko Haram has arrogated to itself terror. Communities have been displaced and tens of thousands of lives killed.
But amidst all of this, the federal government has not been able to scratch the surface of Boko Haram. Yes, every now and then, Boko Haram suspects are killed and arrested. But unfortunately, these arrests have not led to any major prosecution. For instance, who are those funding Boko Haram locally and internationally? This is a question we have not been able to answer in the past ten years.