Breaking News: FG uncovers 96 Boko Haram, ISWAP Financiers

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The Federal Government has said the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has uncovered 96 financiers of terrorism, especially those backing Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).

It also said NFIU has unmasked  424 associates/supporters of the financiers,

about 123 companies and 33 bureaux de change linked with terrorism.

It said the agency has identified 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and seven  co-conspirators.

The government said 45 of the suspects will soon face trial.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed made the disclosures at a briefing on the anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: ” For its part, the analysis by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), in 2020-2021, revealed 96 financiers of terrorism in Nigeria, 424 associates/supporters of the financiers, involvement of about 123 companies and 33 bureaux de change, in addition to identifying 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and seven co-conspirators.

“The analysis has resulted in the arrest of 45 suspects who will soon face prosecution and seizure of assets. Also, from its analysis of tax evasion and tax avoidance linked to corruption, NFIU has identified N3,909,707,678,112.43 in VAT and N3,737,918,335,785.82 in Withholding Tax due to the Government.

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