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EXPOSED: Bureau De Change operators transferring money to Boko Haram

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Malam Garba Shehu Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity was reported last month as saying that the Federal Government had arrested some Bureau De Change operators who were facilitating the transfer of money to Boko Haram terrorists.

He was further quoted as saying that some Nigerians transferring money to the sect from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were working with the BDC operators.

“Bureaus de change are facilitating money to terrorists. We have already worked with the UAE. Convictions have been achieved of Nigerians who are transferring money to Boko Haram terrorists and this also happens domestically. And I tell you that by the time we finish this investigation, the shocking details will surprise many Nigerians,” Shehu had said.

Daily Trust has obtained a list of some of the persons arrested in connection with this incident.In Kano, some traders at the foreign exchange open market in Wapa, Fagge Local Government, were picked up in March.

Prominent among the BDC operators arrested in the state are

  • Baba Usaini
  • Abubakar Yellow (Amfani)
  • Yusuf Ali Yusuf (Babangida)
  • Ibrahim Shani
  • Adamu Ibrahim Naim
  • Inuwa Talle Danladi
  • Muhammad Yahaya
  • Yahaya Saidu Ibrahim
  • Muhammed Aliyu Adam
  • Sadi Saidu Abdullahi
  • Surajo Adam Muhammad
  • Auwalu Ibrahim Faggge
  • Nura Tasiu
  • Muhammed Lawal Sani
  • Muhammed Abba Lawan
  • Bashir Ali
  • Abdullahi Umar Usman
  • Hassa Idris
  • Nura Gani,
  • Sani Maiwaya
  • Abdulrahman Kokawa
  • Garzali Yusuf
  • Auwalu Gambo,
  • Muhammad Lawan Sani (a gold dealer)

Four of the arrested BDC operators are related to two persons jailed in Dubai last year on similar charges.

Those arrested are being kept in military and DSS facilities in Abuja and other places.

Multiple sources revealed that the closely guarded operation is being coordinated by Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), in collaboration with the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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