The Federal Government of Nigeria has successfully secured the conviction of four Boko Haram financiers, namely Zana Zarama, Modu Aisami, Umar Mohammed, and Bunu Kame.
Following their guilty pleas during a special trial held at the Federal High Court in Dawaki, Abuja, they were sentenced to prison terms on Monday.
The prosecution, led by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, presented charges against them, and the defendants, represented by the defense counsel led by F A Bakre, pleaded for leniency.
Modu Aisami, one of the defendants, was specifically accused of providing funds to the terrorist group by purchasing food products from them, with knowledge that the proceeds would be used for terrorist activities. This act violated Section 13(1)(a)(ii) of the Terrorism Provision Amendment Act, 2013.
Trial Justice Binta Nyako convicted Aisami on counts 2 and 3, sentencing him to 20 years imprisonment for each offense, to run concurrently.
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