- The six Nigerians convicted in UAE for terrorism can appeal their sentences, Diaspora commission chairman Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said
- Dabiri-Erewa noted that the convicts who lost at the appeal court still have the chances to file another appeal at the Supreme Court
- The six Nigerians were found guilty of funding Boko Haram operations to the tune of $782,000
The federal government has issued a statement regarding the six Nigerians who were convicted in the United Arab Emirates for alleged funding of Boko Haram insurgents.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), said the Nigerians can appeal their conviction to the UAE Supreme Court.
She noted that the convicts lost their appeal but they could file a fresh appeal to the apex court in the Emirates if they wished.
The NIDCOM chairman said:
"They can approach the Supreme Court if they so desire, as we continue to appeal to Nigerians all over the world to desist from crime and criminality. The case had been in court since 2015."
Legit.ng earlier reported that the six Nigerians were convicted by an Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal.
They were charged with funding Boko Haram by facilitating transfers of money from Dubai to Nigeria for alleged terrorist operations.
The convicts allegedly made cash transfers in favour of the sect to the tune of $782,000.
Many Nigerians on social media have reacted to the development.
Ca Lee Dos Santos wrote:
"What if the guys are not the real sponsors? The real sponsored could be the persons that gave them money to wire. Then frame them up just to cover their tracks. Anything is possible in the crime world. I pray they are guilty as charged."
Chidiebere Ezeifem alleged:
"The sponsors are the northern elites, mostly politicians, they framed these innocent dudes up to cover up their atrocities, but they won't hide their sins forever."
Aondosen Jolly Terve also reacted:
"And the federal govt is busy begging them to come out in hiding for a beautiful dinner at Aso rock. When the North becomes sincere with herself, that's the day Boko haram will end!"
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