Approximately 400 people have been detained on suspicion of supporting Boko Haram terrorists.
According to the Daily Trust, the arrests were made in Kano, Borno, Abuja, Lagos, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kaduna, and Zamfara.
Six Nigerians were sentenced to prison terms ranging from ten years to life in November 2020 after a federal appeals court in the United Arab Emirates upheld their convictions for funding the terrorist group Boko Haram.
Following their arrest in 2017, the defendants were charged and convicted in 2019.
As a result, Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu were sentenced to life in prison by an Abu Dhabi court. Each of the defendants, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf, and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, was sentenced to ten years in prison.
The court judgment stated that between 2015 and 2016, the accused transferred $782,000 from Dubai to Nigeria to support Boko Haram, according to a Daily Trust article.
However, the newspaper reported that traders at the foreign exchange open market in Wapa, Fagge Local Government, were picked up on March 9th, 15th, and 16th in Kano, a major target for the activity.
Baba Usaini, Abubakar Yellow (Amfani), Yusuf Ali Yusuf (Babangida), Ibrahim Shani, Auwal Fagge, and Muhammad Lawan Sani, a gold dealer, are among the BDC operators arrested in the state, according to the study.
Those detained are said to be held in military and Department of State Services facilities in Abuja and elsewhere.
Four of the BDC operators arrested were linked to two people who were imprisoned in Dubai last year on similar charges.
Last year, the operation was said to have earned presidential approval, with President Muhammadu Buhari approving the exercise’s conduct outside of the existing bureaucracy.
“Because this is economic warfare against insurgents and other militant groups, the president directed that the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit take the lead as the country’s financial intelligence powerhouse when approving the operation.
According to a senior government official, a task team made up of personally selected senior officers was formed with presidential approval and deployed under the DIA to carry out the special assignment.
According to the source, approximately 19 Bureau De Change centers operated by people with a “direct link to Boko Haram” were discovered, with over N300 billion pumped into terrorism funding in the region.