A law firm of human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, (SAN), has written to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, seeking information on the charges brought against 400 persons arrested for allegedly being Boko Haram terorrists sponsors.
The suspects were apprehended in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Borno, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kaduna, and Zamfara in an operation coordinated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Department of State Services (DSS).
The letter read: “On May 4 2021, it was widely reported in the print and electronic media that the Federal Government had concluded arrangements to prosecute about 400 alleged sponsors and financiers of terrorism in Nigeria.
“In the said publication, your office assured the nation that the suspects would be arraigned after the industrial action recently embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
“In view of the terrorist attacks being unleashed on law-abiding citizens by groups of insurgents in several parts of the country, we strongly commend the move by the Federal Government to prosecute the suspects who were reported to have been arrested in a nationwide operation a few months ago.
“We, however, request that our law firm be furnished with information with respect to when criminal charges were filed against the suspects since the strike by JUSUN has since been called off.
“Kindly ensure that we are furnished with the requested information within 7 days of the receipt of this letter in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.”
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