BREAKING: United Arab Emirates Convicts Six Nigerians For Wiring $782,000 To Boko Haram, Top FG Officials Involved

The convicts' families say they have been "framed up," insisting that their UAE office of change was legitimate.
Boko Haram/Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists

Six Nigerians have been convicted of alleged Boko Haram funding by the Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal in the United Arab Emirates ( UAE).

After they lost an earlier appeal in a lower court, the conviction was upheld by the appellate court.

Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu were sentenced to life imprisonment, the Daily Trust reported on Monday.

The others, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, were each sentenced to ten years in prison.

Court documents show that the convicts were allegedly involved in cash transfers totalling $782,000.00 to Boko Haram between 2015 and 2016.

The act was contrary to Clause 3 of Article 29 of the 2017 Federal Anti-Terrorism Law No 7 of the UAE.

The National Security Bureau said the Nigerians' investigation "confirmed their involvement and membership of the Boko Haram".

Between April 16 and 17, 2017, they were arrested and their homes searched, according to the search warrant issued by the Office of the National Security Prosecution on April 16, 2017.

Abubakar and Adamu have been charged with knowingly joining Boko Haram.

This negates Article 22/2 of the 2017 UAE Federal Anti-Terrorism Law No 7, punishable by death or life imprisonment.

Alhassan, Musa, Yusuf and Isa have been charged with intentionally supporting the sect.

Pursuant to Article 31, Clause 1 of the same law, the crime is punishable by life imprisonment or by imprisonment for at least five years.

Two undercover Boko Haram agents based in Nigeria facilitated most of the transactions. "Alhaji Sa'idu" is one of them.

The other "Alhaji Ashiru" has been described as "a Nigerian Official"

He also reportedly supplied terrorists with misappropriated public funds.

On a visit to Dubai from Turkey, Sa'idu's modus operandi uses unidentified Arab persons to hand over US dollars to one of the convicts, who will then transfer Naira equivalent to the agent.

The convicts' families say they have been "framed up," insisting that their UAE office of change was legitimate.