Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says an investigation has revealed that some high profiled citizens would soon be prosecuted, for their involvement in financing terrorism.
Malami announced this in Abuja on Friday, while speaking to State House Correspondents after attending the Friday congregational prayers at the Presidential Villa Mosque.
He said: “Sometimes back, there were convictions of some Nigerians allegedly involved in terrorism financing in the United Arabs Emirate and that gave rise to a wider and far-reaching investigation in Nigeria.
“I am happy to report that arriving from the wider investigations that have been conducted here, a number of people, both institutional and otherwise have been found to be culpable and reasonable grounds for the suspicion of terrorism financing have been established or proven to be in existence in respect of the transactions of certain high profile individuals and businessmen across the country.”
The Justice Minister said such persons were already being profiled for prosecution, in line with the laws of the land.
When pressed further, to reveal the number and names of persons involved in the crime, Malami declined to do so, saying the matter was still under investigation.
“Because investigation is ongoing, it has to be concluded before one can arrive at a certain number but I can assure you, it is a large number,” he said.
He however assured Nigerians that nobody among those involved would be spared. “We shall certainly and aggressively pursue those involved in terrorist financing, as far as the Nigerian State is concerned.”