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FG Finally Releases Names Of Terrorism Financiers; Tukur Tops The List

The Federal Government has released the names of 15 terrorism financiers in the country, Daily Trust reports.According to the publication, the name of Tukur Mamu, a Kaduna-based publisher, who once declared in an interview that he is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), tops the list of terrorism financiers in the country....CONTINUE READING

Mamu has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since September 2022.

The names were contained in a document released by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) on Tuesday.

The terrorism financiers uncovered included nine individuals and six Bureau De Change (BDC) operators and firms.

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The NFIU noted that the Nigeria Sanctions Committee met on Monday, where specific individuals and entities were recommended for sanctions.

The NFIU stated that Mamu allegedly participated in the financing of terrorism by receiving and delivering ransom payments over the sum of $200,000 in support of ISWAP terrorists.

Another terrorism financier, according to NFIU, is the suspected attacker of the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, the headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State on June 5, 2022, and the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja on July 5, 2022.

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A senior commander of the Islamic State of West Africa Province Okene was also identified as a terrorism financier. The NFIU noted that the individual came into limelight in 2012 as the North Central wing of Boko Haram.

“The group is suspected of the attacks carried out around Federal Capital Territory and the South West Geographical Zone, including the June 5, 2022 attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State,” it added.

Recall that in 2023 Mamu was arraigned on a 10-count charge bordering on terrorism financing among others.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Justice Nkeonye Maha of a sister court had, on Sept. 13, 2022, given the Department of State Services (DSS) the go-ahead to detain the former terrorists’ negotiator for 60 days to enable it conclude its investigation on Mamu, who led the negotiation with the terrorists for the release of the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers kidnaped in March 2022.

The charge was signed by Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mr M.B. Abubakar.