Six Nigerians have been indicted by an appeal court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for allegedly funding the notorious Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
The Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal in its ruling, upheld the judgement passed by a smaller court earlier.
It was gathered that the two kingpins, Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu were sentenced to life imprisonment, while the remaining, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, got ten years prison terms each.
According to official figures released by the court, the six men had, between 2015-2016, sent $782, 000 to Boko Haram.
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 contravenes Article 22/2 of UAE’s Federal Anti-Terrorism Law No 7 of 2017 punishable by death or life imprisonment.
It was also gathered that some Nigerian Government officials were also involved in the act.