The Federal Government says it has succeeded in blocking and identifying terrorism financers in Nigeria.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, made this known while speaking on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Although he did not mention those identified by the Federal Government, he gave an assurance that they would be prosecuted.
The AGF had announced in May that the Nigerian government was about to begin the prosecution of about 400 suspected Boko Haram financiers and was profiling some high-profile Nigerians strongly suspected to be financing terrorism for prosecution.
The delay in their prosecution and unveiling of the suspects have been criticised in certain quarters, but Malami has assured that the federal government is determined to take stringent measures to counter insurgency in the country.
“We have succeeded in identifying those that are responsible for funding terrorists. We have also blocked the leakages associated with the funding and then embarking on an aggressive investigation that is indeed impacting positively in terms of the fight against terrorism.
“But then, the truth of the matter is that investigation is ongoing, it is advancing and for the purpose of investigation, I wouldn’t like to be pre-emptive in terms of making disclosures that would have the effect of undermining the successes we are recording as far as investigation is concerned
“This is pending the conclusion of investigation, which investigation, in essence, is indeed deeply taking place and we are making a lot of successes and recording a lot of progress in the direction of investigation.”
The chief law officer of Nigeria, however, said the issue of terrorism financing was a work in progress and would not like to be pre-emptive in terms of investigat