The Federal Government is on the verge of putting up for trial a “huge number” high-profile Nigerians allegedly found to be financing terrorism in the country.
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed to the media in Abuja at the weekend.
Malami said: “As you will actually know, sometimes back there were certain convictions of Nigerians allegedly involved in terrorism financing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“That gave rise to a wider and far-reaching investigation in Nigeria.
“I‘m happy to report that arising from the wider investigation that has been conducted in Nigeria, a number of people, both institutional and otherwise, were found to be culpable.
“I mean some reasonable grounds for suspicion of terrorism financing have been established, or perhaps has been proven to be in existence in respect of the transactions of certain higher-profile individuals and businessmen across the country.
“I’m happy to report that investigation has been ongoing for a long and it has reached an advanced stage.
“Arising from the investigation, there exists, certainly,
reasonable grounds for suspicion that a lot of Nigerians, high-profile
institutions and otherwise, are involved in terrorism financing and they are
being profiled for prosecution.’’
“As to the number, the investigation is ongoing and it has to be conclusive before one can arrive at a certain number, but one thing I can tell you is that it’s a large number and they are being profiled for prosecution. “It is indeed a large number and I’m not in a position to give you the precise number as of now because the profiling and investigation are ongoing.’’