US Sanctions Six Nigerians For Aiding Boko Haram

The men were found guilty of setting up a cell in the United Arab Emirates to raise funds for Boko Haram.

US Sanctions Six Nigerians For Aiding Boko Haram
A Chadian soldier walks past an armoured vehicle that the Chadian military said belonged to Boko Haram

The United States has imposed new sanctions on the individuals connected with Nigeria’s armed group Boko Haram, Treasury Department announced. Six Nigerian nationals who were found guilty of setting up a Boko Haram cell in the United Arab Emirates to raise funds for fighters in Nigeria have also been placed on the


sanctions list. With this action, the United States joins the UAE in targeting all terrorist financing networks of mutual concern, Under-Secretary of the Treasury Brian Nelson said on the Friday. Treasury continues to target financial facilitators of terrorist activity worldwide. We also welcome multilateral action on this Boko Haram



network to ensure that it is not able to move any further funds through the international financial system, he added. The men, identified as Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad, were convicted in the UAE of attempting to



send $782,000 from the Dubai to Nigeria. Adamu and then Muhammad were also sentenced to life in prison for violating UAE anti-terrorism laws, while Musa, Yusuf, Isa and Alhassan too received sentences of 10 years in the prison followed by deportation also. All property and the interests in property of the individuals named



above, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by them, individually, or with other blocked persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of US persons, must be blocked and reported to OFAC, the Treasury said in a statement. The US officially designated the Boko Haram



a foreign terrorist group in 2013. According to State Department, the group is responsible for numerous attacks in the northern and northeastern regions of the country, as well as in the Lake Chad Basin in Cameroon, Chad and Niger that have killed thousands of people since 2009. Separately, the Treasury also designated



five individuals and five entities also connected to the Myanmar’s military. The move came after the US said it has formally determined Myanmar’s army committed genocide and crimes against humanity in its violence against the Rohingya minority.