Six Nigerians have been convicted in an Abu Dhabi federal court of appeal in the United Arab Emirates. Their offense: alleged funding of Boko Haram. The six had lost an earlier appeal at a lower court.
Two of the men, Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu bagged life sentences. The other four, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa, were each sentenced to ten years in prison.
They are shown in court documents to have allegedly been involved in seven hundred eighty-two thousand dollars cash transfers to Boko Haram, an act that contravened the country’s anti-terrorism law.
The UAE national security bureau said its investigation had confirmed the involvement of the six and their membership in Boko Haram.
Court papers show most of the transactions were done by two undercover Boko Haram agents in Nigeria, one of whom is said to be Alahaji Ashiru, who was described as a “Nigerian government official.”
The indictment also showed Ashiru had funnelled misappropriated public funds to the terrorists.
Families of the convicts say their relatives had been framed. They say their bureau de change businesses in the UAE were legitimate.
Nigeria Needs N500bn Every Year For Three Years To Develop Road Network – Fashola
Nigeria’s minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola says the country needs half a trillion naira per year for three years to develop its roads network.
Fashola gave this figure while addressing the press corps of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja on Monday.
The minister seems to lay some blame on past administrations whom he chastised for not showing as much commitment, quote, “as the president Muhammadu Buhari government.” He said if those past governments had shown such commitment, most of the thirty-five thousand kilometers of the country’s roads would have now been completed.
Fashola said the current administration inherited many roads, some dating back to 2006, and some older. He said the country was earning more from oil, at one hundred dollars per barrel, and the nation’s total budget was four trillion naira. Now, with forty dollars per barrel, Fashola said the country’s budget is thirteen trillion naira.
The minister said there are currently more than seven hundred contracts working on constructing or rehabilitating more than thirteen thousand kilometers out of the nation’s thirty-five thousand kilometers of roads.
South Korea’s Yoo Myung-Hee Reportedly Withdraws From WTO DG Race
Nigeria’s former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, appears to be the lone ranger standing for the post of director-general of the World Trade Organization. This follows a report that her opponent, South Korea’s trade minister, Yoo Myung-Hee, is withdrawing her candidacy for the position.
South Korea is said to have informed the United States of the decision to drop out of consideration for the position because the trade minister had failed to garner enough support from every region.
Okonjo-Iweala secured wide margins of popular support, but her candidacy was put on hold because the U.S. had not supported her candidacy.
A newsletter, Washington Trade Daily, reports South Korea has already informed the United States of its decision which is expected to be made public in a matter of days.
Gombe Judge Petitions CJN, Alleges Illegal Exclusion from CJ List
Justice Beatrice Iliya of Gombe State High Court has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) over the exclusion of her name from the list of judges to be considered for appointment as chief judge of Gombe State.
Meanwhile, president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, said, in reaction to Iliya’s exclusion, the NJC should stamp out discrimination in the country’s judiciary.
Justice Iliya contends the omission of her name from the list sent to the Njc by the Gombe State judicial service commission was a violation of the NJC directive on the appointment of a chief judge.
She says, as the most senior judge on the Gombe State High Court bench, there was no justification for her name not to be sent to the NJC.