The United States Government has blacklisted six Nigerians for their role in funding the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The six have been placed on the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked persons.
A U.S Department of State statement announced the ban.
“The U.S Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has added Nigerian nationals Abdurrahman Musa, Salihu Adamu, Bashir Yusuf, Muhammed Isa, Ibrahim Alhassan, and Surajo Muhammad to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons.” it read.
“Pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Boko Haram,” the statement added.
The U.S blacklisted the 6 Nigerians following their conviction for crimes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The six were tried and found guilty in the UAE for supporting terrorism.
An Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal in the UAE convicted them of funding a terrorist group.
Of the six, Surajo Muhammad and Salihu Adamu received a life imprisonment sentence each.
The other four, Ibrahim Alhassan, AbdurRahman Musa, Bashir Yusuf and Muhammad Isa were jailed for 10 years each.