By 2020, Nigeria Will Be Devoid of Banditry, Kidnapping-Financial Intelligence Unit
Mr. Modibbo Tukur, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), has stated that by April 2022, Nigeria will be free of banditry and kidnapping.
The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Organization (NFIU) is an autonomous unit inside the Key Bank of Nigeria that serves as the country’s central coordinating body for the country’s anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, and counter-proliferation financing (AML/CFT/CPF) framework.
“The terminal date for kidnapping and banditry is March/April 2022,” the NFIU’s CEO said at a three-day capacity-building workshop on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing in Abuja on Tuesday.
The forecast, according to Mr. Tukur, has arrived.
He asserted that September 15, 2021, was the planned end date for Boko Haram militants in Nigeria, which he claimed had been met.
He said that the organization has devised a scheme to aid in the identification of terrorists’ financial sources in the country, as well as how money is transported for terrorist purposes.
According to Tukur, the plan to defeat Boko Haram began in January 2021, when a team of professionals was created and put to work.
He claimed that while the research was able to estimate the number of active Boko Haram fighters at roughly 15,000, over 14,000 of them just surrendered.
According to him, the Northeastern region of the country is now safer than the North West and North Central, which are plagued by bandits and kidnappers, thanks to the effectiveness of the effort to stifle funding flows to Boko Haram terrorists.
He said that the achievement in the North East was accomplished with the help of other government agencies, and that all data-generating organizations in Nigeria, with the exception of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were linked to the NFIU.