US sanctions six Nigerians for aiding Boko Haram | Boko Haram News
The men were found guilty of setting up a cell in the United Arab Emirates to raise funds for Boko Haram.
The United States has imposed new sanctions on individuals linked to the Nigerian armed group Boko Haram, the Treasury Department has announced.
Six Nigerian nationals convicted of setting up a Boko Haram cell in the United Arab Emirates to raise funds for fighters in Nigeria have been placed on the sanctions list.
“With this action, the United States joins the United Arab Emirates in targeting terrorism financing networks of common interest,” Undersecretary of the Treasury Brian Nelson said Friday.
“The Treasury continues to target financial enablers of terrorist activity around the world. We welcome multilateral action on this Boko Haram network to ensure that it is not able to move 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 United Arab Emirates of attempting to send $782,000 from Dubai to the Nigeria.
Adamu and Muhammad were sentenced to life in prison for violating UAE anti-terrorism laws, while Musa, Yusuf, Isa and Alhassan were sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by deportation.
“All property and interests in property of the persons named above, and any entities owned, directly or indirectly, 50% or more by them, individually or together with other Blocked Persons, that are located in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, must be blocked and reported to OFAC,” the Treasury said in a statement.
The United States officially designated Boko Haram as a “foreign terrorist group” in 2013. According to the 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 which have killed thousands of people since 2009”.
Separately, the Treasury also designated five individuals and five entities linked to the Myanmar military. The move came after the United States said it had officially determined that Myanmar’s military had committed genocide and crimes against humanity in its violence against the Rohingya minority.