or the past 12 years, the Northeast of Nigeria has been plagued by terrorism, with many groups cropping up, the most notable of which are Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Many students have been kidnapped from schools for ransom in the North West, and many of the region’s routes have been overrun with armed kidnappers.
Efforts to conquer these insurgencies have always proved abortive because their backers seem untouchable and they appear to be ‘bigger’ than the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – so it seems.
During the former President’s tenure, Goodluck Jonathan, he asked for assistance from Foreign Intelligence from the United States vis-à-vis their erstwhile Agency, the CIA. Upon arrival at Sambisa forest, the hidden den of the Boko Haram insurgency, they claimed that the Nigerian Government was not being sincere with the fight against insurgencies possibly because the ones pulling the string of terror were also in Government at the time. To further buttress the allegations raised by the CIA, Goodluck Jonathan, on January 8, 2012, revealed that the militant Boko Haram sect had infiltrated his government, planting members in Government Departments and Security Forces. This statement was credited to the Former President during a church ceremony at the National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja, as part of the Annual Armed Forces Memory Day ceremonies. And as such, the list of the backers and sponsors of Boko Haram and other terrorism-related acts never came to light as it was swept under and thrown in a river to be carried away by the tide never to resurface again.
In a new twist of event, only just a year after the UAE government imprisoned six Nigerians for aiding Boko Haram, the Gulf country’s authorities have added another six to the terror list.
The UAE Cabinet published Resolution No. 83 of 2021 on Monday, September 13, which named 38 persons and 15 businesses as those who support and finance Boko Haram and other activities in Nigeria.
This comes after the United Arab Emirates accused a Nigerian Government official of financing a terrorist group that has killed hundreds of Nigerians.
The official’s name is yet to be revealed by the Emirate authorities, in the midst of allegations that certain Nigerian diplomats are pressuring them not to.
Nigerian Law Enforcement Agencies have been asked to take the required action against the persons or businesses involved, as well as anyone affiliated with them.
The six Nigerians are Surajo Abubakar Muhammad, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, and Abdurrahaman Musa. From all indications and going by their names, these individuals all hail from Northern Nigeria where the impact of Boko Haram terrorism activities started and is felt the most. One then begins to wonder the rationale behind using ones hard-earned (even if it was soft-earned, there is always a better and greater purpose for money properly channeled) to ‘aid’ the cause of sorrow, tears and death to ones homeland and people. This is sad and unimaginable!
Before now, the Presidency and other State Governors in Northern Nigeria had always claimed that Boko Haram insurgencies, bandits and killer herdsmen are all elements of foreign infiltration from neighbouring Niger, Chad, Cameroun, Senegal and Mali. Be that as it may, a foreign insurgent cannot just wake up one morning with the idea of moving to a land he neither knows its terrain or what awaits him on the other side of the divide. According to experts in crime investigations, and going by records, in every crime committed in a facility, there is always an insider pulling the strings. High-end crimes and criminals do not just walk past a street and start showing up at random in homes, offices, banks, schools, etc. to steal, kill, and destroy. Quite the contrary! They operate based on inside feeds, intelligence and information.
So, in the case of Boko Haram, even if they just so happen to be foreign insurgencies (which I believe there are more locals among them than speculated), they were invited down here by not just a random layperson who could hardly get by, but by persons or groups in position of money and power, which wield an immense amount of authority in Nigeria and outside. If not, it would be almost impossible for a random person(s) to move from outside (foreign territory) with not just one but tons of state-of-the-art arms and ammunition, and foreign mercenaries for the past 12 years (Boko Haram insurgency has lasted this long) across borders without being nabbed. So, it is logical and safe to say that these so-called sponsors have a greater influence in the government of the day. Possibly, they run the government which is why the insurgencies in Nigeria ranging from Boko Haram, bandits, and killer herdsmen are yet to stop; rather, they keep getting more traction and stronger by the day.
The following foreign nationals are on the list of sponsors of Boko Haram and other terrorism-related causes in Nigeria:
Ahmed Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Alshaiba Alnuaimi, Mohamed Saqer Yousif Saqer Al Zaabi, Hamad Mohammed Rahmah Humaid Alshamsi, and Saeed Naser Saeed Naser Alteneiji from the UAE;
Hassan Hussain Tabaja, Adham Hussain Tabaja from Lebanon;
Mohammed Ahmed Musaed Saeed, Sharif Ahmed Sharif Ba Alawi, Rashed Saleh Saleh Al Jarmouzi, Naif Nasser Saleh Aljarmouzi, Suliman Saleh Salem Aboulan, Adel Ahmed Salem Obaid Ali Badrah Fadhl Saleh Salem Altayabi, Ashur Omar Ashur Obaidoon from Yemen;
Hayder Habeeb Ali, Basim Yousuf Hussein Alshaghanbi from Iraq;
Manoj Sabharwal Om Prakash from India;
Zubiullah Abdul Qahir Durani from Afghanistan.
Ali Nasser Alaseeri from Saudi Arabia;
Alaa Abdulrazzaq Ali Khanfurah, Hazem Mohsen Farhan, Alaa Khanfurah, Hazem Mohsen Al Farhan Osama Housen Dughaem, Alaa Alkhanfurah from Syria;
Mehdi Azizollah Kiasati, Farshad Jafar Hakemzadeh, Seyyed Reza Mohmmad Ghasemi, Mohsen Hassan Kargarhodjat Abadi, Ibrahim Mahmood Ahmed Mohammed from Iran;
Fadi Said Kamar from Great Britain;
Walid Kamel Awad, Khaled Walid Awad, from Saint Kitts and Nevis;
Imad Khallak Kantakdzhi from Russia;
Mouhammad Ayman Tayseer Rashid Marayat from Jordan;
Corporate bodies sponsoring and backing Boko Haram and other terrorism-related activities in Nigeria includes:
Ray Tracing Trading Company LLC;
HFZ A Arzoo International FZE;
Hanan Shipping LLC;
Four Corners Trading Est.;
Sasco Logistic LLC;
Al Jarmouzi General Trading LLC;
Al Jarmoozi Cargo & Clearing LLC;
Al Jarmoozi Transport By Heavy & Light Trucks LLC;
Naser Aljarmouzi General Trading LLC;
Naser Aljarmouzi Cargo & Clearing LLC;
Wave Tech Computer LLC;
KCL General Trading FZE;
Al-Omgy & Bros Money Exchange;
The question that comes to bear is, what is in it for these business ventures? Is there a huge profitability in terrorism that these entities are willing to ‘invest’? Or, they (as an individual or entity) derive pleasure in seeing people get killed by the agents they are sponsoring? It is hard to pinpoint the motive behind their actions, though.
The decision reaffirmed the UAE’s resolve to seek and dismantle networks that finance terrorism and related activities, according to the UAE official agency.
The resolution mandates that regulatory agencies monitor and identify any individuals or companies involved with or associated with any financial, commercial, or technological relationship in less than 24 hours, and take the required actions in accordance with the country’s laws.
Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saliuh Yusuf Adamu were both condemned to life in prison and deportation by the Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal in April 2019.
Each of Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, Abdur Rahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf, and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa was sentenced to ten years in prison and deportation.
The court found them guilty of establishing a Boko Haram cell in the United Arab Emirates in order to generate financial and material support for the Nigerian insurgents.
The six Nigerians filed an appeal in December 2019, but the UAE Federal Supreme Court dismissed it, affirming the Appellate court’s decision.
Between 2015 and 2016, the Nigerians are believed to have transferred up to $800,000 in support of Boko Haram.
According to an AFP report, the Boko Haram insurgency has killed over 40,000 people and forced two million people to flee their homes.
Dennis Amachree, a former Assistant Director of the Department of State Services, Nigeria’s Secret Police, claimed that the US was open to assisting Nigeria, particularly in the war against terrorism, but that the question was whether the Federal Government would accept the current overture.
“Are we prepared to apprehend and prosecute these sponsors if they are pointed out? Are we just going to lock them up like we have in the past? These are the issues, and if we don’t taking them seriously, the Americans may lose interest,” Amachree said in a report.
Amachree’s accusation echoed that of retired Nigerian Navy Commodore Kunle Olawunmi, who said that the government is fully aware and knows who is funding Boko Haram’s activities in Nigeria.
Olawunmi said that he interviewed and found a high-ranking official of Buhari’s government guilty of Boko Haram involvement in 2007/2008.
The Nigerian government, according to the former Navy Commodore, is unprepared to combat insurgency since it has failed to prosecute the 400 people arrested on suspicion of being Boko Haram sponsors.