PRESIDENCY FINGERS BUREAU DE CHANGE OPERATORS AS SPONSORS OF TERRORISM
The Presidency on Tuesday said investigations have revealed some Bureau De Change (BDCs) facilitating money to Boko Haram terrorists.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to President Buhari told journalists that the details of the investigations, including the amount of money transferred to the criminals would leave many astonished.
Recall that last year, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) court convicted 6 Nigerians for funding Boko Haram terrorists.
The convicts, who were tried in 2019, were said to have transferred $782,000 in favor of Boko Haram between 2015 and 2016.
Mr Shehu said the presidency collaborated with the UAE, in carrying out investigations and some convictions have been made.
“Bureaus de change are facilitating money to terrorists. We have already worked with the UAE. Convictions have been achieved of Nigerians who are transferring money to Boko Haram terrorists and this also happens domestically. And I tell you that by the time we finish this investigation, the shocking details will surprise many Nigerians,” Garba Shehu said.
Speaking on the connection between banditry and terrorism, Mr Shehu said a clear connection financial connection has been established between kidnapping, banditry and terrorism in the country.
“There is a clear connection now established between kidnapping, banditry and the terrorism in the country, especially in terms of financing, the presidential aide said.