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Court Fixes Date For Trial Of Bureau De Change Operators Arrested For Financing Boko Haram Terrorism

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The court docket sitting for the trial of some Bureau De Change operators arrested in March 2021 for allegedly sponsoring the Boko Haram terrorism within the nation has been scheduled for Friday, September 17, 2021.

SaharaReporters learnt from competent court docket sources that the listening to will maintain at Courtroom Room 4, Federal Excessive Courtroom Abuja on the Federal Capital Territory.



A supply stated, “I simply confirmed their subsequent sitting. It is going to be on seventeenth September, Courtroom Room No 4, Federal Excessive Courtroom Abuja, behind the Federal Ministry of Justice. Time: 10am.”

The court docket listening to comes six months after a letter written by the Affiliation of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABDON) requested that those that are being detained by the Division of State Providers be admitted on bail, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

The supply who spoke to SaharaReporters stated the court docket first sat on the 18th of August however the DSS refused to come back to court docket with the defendants.

He stated the attorneys of the operators requested that his purchasers seem in court docket in the course of the subsequent sitting which was on September 2.

Nevertheless, the listening to couldn’t maintain because of the ailing well being of the presiding decide. The defendants, it was gathered, weren’t delivered to the court docket.

He famous, “The affiliation of bureau de change operators employed a barrister for his or her members. They went for a court docket sitting and the barrister needed the DSS to carry his purchasers for the subsequent sitting.

“The decide requested the DSS to carry the purchasers. However even in the course of the second court docket sitting, the operators have been absent. The DSS requested the decide to offer them additional days however he stated no that they already had sufficient time to hold out an investigation.

“The listening to was scheduled for September 2 once more however the DSS didn’t come to the court docket with the operators and the decide was not feeling nicely so it was rescheduled once more.”

In March, Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated the Nigerian authorities arrested the Bureau De Change operators who have been facilitating the switch of cash to Boko Haram terrorists.

He had stated some Nigerians transferring cash to the sect from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been working with the BDC operators.

“Bureaus de change are facilitating cash to terrorists. We have now already labored with the UAE. Convictions have been achieved of Nigerians who’re transferring cash to Boko Haram terrorists and this additionally occurs domestically. And I let you know that by the point we end this investigation, the surprising particulars will shock many Nigerians,” Shehu had stated.

Dozens of individuals have been arrested by safety brokers in an ongoing nationwide crackdown on suspected financiers and collaborators of Boko Haram.

These arrested are being stored in navy and DSS services in Abuja and different locations.

A number of sources stated the carefully guarded operation is being coordinated by Defence Intelligence Company (DIA), in collaboration with the Division of State Providers (DSS), the Nigerian Monetary Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN).

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