Six jailed in UAE for ‘funding Boko Haram’

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Six Nigerians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been jailed of various sentence terms for allegedly funding Boko Haram say they were framed up.

In April 2019, the Abu Dhabi federal court of appeal sentenced Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu — two of them to life imprisonment followed by deportation — while Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, — the four others — were each sentenced to 10 years in prison, and also followed by deportation.

The court found them guilty of setting up a Boko Haram cell in the UAE to raise funds and material assistance for the insurgents in Nigeria.

In December 2019, a UAE federal supreme court also turned down an appeal by the six Nigerians, upholding the ruling of the appeal court.

They were said to have transferred up to $800,000 in favour of Boko Haram between 2015 and 2016.

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