US Axes Six Nigerians for Supporting Terrorism


The United States government has hammered six Nigerians for their roles in supporting Boko Haram.


The six, Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad, are among those arrested and tried in a United Arab Emirates, UAE Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi, were sanctioned by the United States for transferring $782,000 from Dubai to Boko Haram in Nigeria.

While Salihu Yusuf Adamu and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad were sentenced to life imprisonment for violations of UAE anti-terrorism laws, Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa and Ibrahim Ali Alhassan got 10 years prison sentence followed by deportation.

A statement issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, listed Musa, Adamu, Yusuf, Isa, Alhassan and Muhammad among the roll call of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons.

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated a network of six individuals connected to Nigeria-based terrorist group, Boko Haram. All six were found guilty of establishing a Boko Haram cell in the United Arab Emirates to raise funds for and provide material assistance to Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria.

OFAC’s action follows arrests, prosecutions, and designations in the UAE in September 2021, demonstrating the commitment of the Emirati government to using judicial measures and targeted financial sanctions to disrupt the flow of funds to these networks.

US Secretary of the Treasury, Brian Nelson, noted that the US has, with the action, joined the UAE in targeting terrorist financing networks of mutual concern.

Treasury continues to target financial facilitators of terrorist activity worldwide. We welcome multilateral action on this Boko Haram network to ensure that it is not able to move any further funds through the international financial system,” he said.

OFAC said it designated Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, which targets terrorists, leaders, and officials of terrorist groups, and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

The U.S. Department of State designated Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on November 14, 2013,” it added

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