The Federal Government has convicted and sentenced four Boko Haram financiers in the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja.
Zana Zarama, Modu Aisami, Umar Mohammed and Bunu Kame pleaded guilty to charges presented against them by the Federal Government during a special trial.
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi led the prosecution while the defendants were represented by the Director of Criminal Justice Department at the Legal Aid Council, F A Bakre.
One of the financiers, Aisami, was accused of knowingly providing funds to Boko Haram by purchasing food products and reasonably knowing proceeds would finance terror acts.
Delivering her verdict after the defendant admitted guilt, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court convicted Aisami on counts 2 and 3, stating “I hereby sentence the convict to 20 years imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently.”
While details of charges against the other three were not disclosed, the convictions demonstrate the FG’s efforts to crack down on terror financing.