The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has said that he is glad that for the first time in 11 years, there appears to be a headway on tracking some Financiers of the Boko Haram terrorists’ activities, which has left thousands of citizens killed, millions displaced, and private property and public institutions worth $9 billion, destroyed in the State, and parts of the North-East region, as well as other parts of the country,
Governor Zulum’s message, contained in a statement on Tuesday, by his Spokesman, Isa Gusau, was in reaction to the reports that 6 Nigerians, including a top government Official, have been convicted in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, for sponsoring the Boko Haram terrorists group with large sums of money.
He however, noted that he acknowledges and respects the rights of the families of those convicted, who according to the reports, have raised questions on the UAE court’s judgement, maintaining that the Convicts are innocent of the charges.
The Borno State Governor, “urged the Federal Government to consider setting up a multi-Stakeholder team with trusted Representatives from the Federal Ministries of Justice, Foreign Affairs, the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, NIA, the Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA, the Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad, and the ECOWAS Intergovernmental Action Group on Terrorism Financing in West Africa, GIABA, to assiduously work with the UAE government, to look into the issues raised by families crying foul play, and more importantly, to follow-up on the findings by the UAE, with the hope of using the intelligence, if authenticated, to expand search on other Boko Haram Sponsors that may be helping in similar ways”.
He urged the people of Borno State, to sustain prayers for God, to expose all Sponsors of Boko Haram, and anyone who knowingly benefits from the crisis, at the expense of peace in the State.
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