INVESTIGATION OF BOKO HARAM SPONSORS ONGOING — JUSTICE ABUBAKAR MALAMI
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, has assured that no stone would be left unturned in the prosecution of Boko Haram financiers.
Malami, in a statement he made available to newsmen on Wednesday through his media aide Dr. Umar Gwandu, said investigation to unravel those behind activities of insurgents in the country has reached advanced stage.
He said the Federal Government would at the appropriate time, disclose their identities through a judicial process that would entail prosecution.
According to the statement, the AGF, who spoke during an interview with journalists in New York, in continuation of the ongoing 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, stressed that time was not ripe for holistic disclosures, so as not to pre-empt the investigation process.
He said FG would take all steps to ensure a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria, adding that the public “would be properly and adequately informed about the investigation and prosecution process at the appropriate milestones as they unfold”.
“The position, as it stands, is that investigation has reached advanced stage and the Government will make statement in that direction in due course.
“Time is not ripe for holistic disclosures so as not to pre-empt the investigation process. The prime object remains the attainment of peace and security of our dear nation.
“As far as terrorism funding and financing is concerned, we have succeeded in identifying those that are allegedly responsible for funding same and we are blocking the leakages associated with funding while embarking on aggressive investigation that is indeed impacting positively in terms of the fight against terrorism.
“The truth of the matter is that investigation is ongoing and advancing. For the purpose of investigation I would not like to be pre-emptive in terms of making disclosures that will have effect of undermining the successes we are recording.
“One thing I can tell you for sure is that whatever we do in terms of detention and arrest is indeed backed-up by judicial processes.
“We have acquired and obtained legitimate court orders taking into consideration the facts and material proof of evidence presented before the court on account of which the court eventually exercises its discretion in terms of granting orders that we can have the suspects in custody pending the conclusion of the investigation,” Malami stated.
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