The Presidency on Wednesday said some Nigerians resident in the United Arab Emirates are transferring money to the Boko Haram terrorists and financing their criminal activities in Nigeria.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, further stated that the Bureau de Change operators also send money to terrorists as they were the domestic agents.
Shehu made this claim while speaking on Channels TV, adding that some Nigerians had already been arrested in connection with the financing of Boko Haram.
The President’s spokesman added that investigation is ongoing and the details of the investigation will shock Nigerians when it is released.
He said, “It is shocking to any Nigerian that places of worship and farmland are places where killers of policemen and security officials are being harboured.”
“The new service chiefs are working with the IG (Inspector-General of Police) and heads of intelligence agencies and there is a clear lead. A lot of people have been arrested in terms of their financing (of terrorism).”
“There are a number of people who are currently under arrest. Bureau de Change are facilitating money to terrorists. We have already concluded with the UAE on Nigerians who are transferring money to Boko Haram terrorists and this also happens domestically.”
“And I tell you that by the time we conclude this investigation, the shocking details will surprise many Nigerians.”
In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the security chiefs to hunt down and kill bandits, Boko Haram insurgents, and their sponsors terrorising the North and the country as a whole.
Briefing State House correspondents on Tuesday, National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, said the President gave the order during his meeting with the service chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.