The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed September 17, 2021, for the trial of some Bureau De Change operators arrested in March 2021 for allegedly sponsoring the Boko Haram.
Naija News reports that the Department of State Services, DSS, had in March arrested the Bureau De Change operators for allegedly facilitating the transfer of money to Boko Haram terrorists.
The presidency had disclosed that Nigerians transferring money to the sect from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were working with the BDC operators.
A source disclosed to Sahara Reporters that the BDC operators trial will hold at Court Room 4 of the Federal High Court.
“I just confirmed their next sitting. It will be on 17th September, Court Room No 4, Federal High Court Abuja, behind the Federal Ministry of Justice. Time: 10am,” the source said.
Speaking further, the source said the court which first sat on the 18th of August could not go on with the trial because the DSS failed to bring the suspects to court.
According to him, lawyers of the BDC operators requested that his clients appear in court during the next sitting which was on September 2 but the absence of the judge stalled the trial.
The source noted, “The association of bureau de change operators hired a barrister for their members. They went for a court sitting and the barrister wanted the DSS to bring his clients for the next sitting.
“The judge asked the DSS to bring the clients. But even during the second court sitting, the operators were absent. The DSS asked the judge to give them extra days but he said no that they already had enough time to carry out an investigation.
“The hearing was scheduled for September 2 again but the DSS did not come to the court with the operators and the judge was not feeling well so it was rescheduled again.”