The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), says the federal government has successfully blocked terrorism financing and identified individuals sponsoring terrorists in Nigeria.
Malami, disclosed this while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
According to Malami some “high profile individuals” responsible for funding terrorists’ activities in the country have been identified and detained by the federal government.
He however did not reveal identities of those arrested.
“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.
“But one thing I can tell you for sure is that whatever we do in terms of detention and in terms of arrest is indeed backed by judicial process. We have obtained a legitimate court order taking into consideration what we have presented before the court; the court eventually exercised its discretion in terms of granting orders that we can have them in custody,” Malami said.
The minister’s comments come days after presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the government is not interested in naming and shaming sponsors of terrorism, but winning the war against the criminals.