The United States of America (USA) has blacklisted six Nigerians in addition to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, following their support of Boko Haram insurgents.
Penpushing reports that a statement by spokesperson of the American Department of State, Ned Price gave identities of the blacklisted Nigerians as include: Abdurrahman Musa, Salihu Adamu, Bashir Yusuf, Muhammed Isa, Ibrahim Alhassan, and Surajo Muhammad
“The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has added Nigerian nationals Abdurrahman Musa, Salihu Adamu, Bashir Yusuf, Muhammed Isa, Ibrahim Alhassan, and Surajo Muhammad to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons”, the statement reads
‘The six Nigerians were blacklisted for financing the activities of the terrorists group, Boko Haram, who have in at least the past 10 years been responsible for insecurity in Northeastern Nigeria as well as in neighbouring countries’..
Penpushing further reports that, it is on record that, the group’s activities have caused over 100,000 deaths in Northern Nigeria since 2009, according to official figures, noting that the American action follows the United Arab Emirates’ prosecution and conviction of the individuals for supporting terrorism.
“Pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of,
Penpushing also reports that, the Department of State designated Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist Organisation on November 14, 2013.
The six persons were convicted by an Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over alleged funding of the terrorist group, while two of the convicts, Surajo Muhammad and Salihu Adamu, were sentenced to life imprisonment
Penpushing reports that, the remaining four, Ibrahim Alhassan, AbdurRahman Musa, Bashir Yusuf and Muhammad Isa were jailed for 10 years each.
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