The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said the Federal Government would not name and shame those sponsoring terrorism in the country.
Adesina stated this Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, adding that financiers of insurgency would instead be prosecuted in court.
“Naming and shaming will not be the motive; bringing malefactors to justice will be it,” he said. “Nigeria is not interested in naming and shaming anybody. Instead, it wants to bring them to justice.
“You will see that the United Arab Emirates has given some names, and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) has reacted to that matter, saying that in due course, all these people will have their dates in court.
Rest assured that these people will be dragged before justice, and justice will have its way.”
He added that suspects are investigated before they face trial, stressing that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and other security agencies were working on getting verifiable evidence against the suspects before they are arraigned in court.
“Investigations are going on at different levels; it will be at the level of the EFCC, it will be at the level of the NIA. All the security agencies will be working on it so that when those people eventually appear in court, there will be a prima facie case against them.
“You don’t first call people before the court and start looking for evidence against them later. No! The cases will be tied up before they appear in court,” Adesina stated.
It will be called that on May 7, the AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had revealed that investigations conducted showed reasonable evidence that some highly placed individuals, business people, and institutions across Nigeria are financing insurgency in the North East.
Adesina’s comment came four months after the Federal Government said it had started profiling for prosecution, well-placed Nigerians suspected of being the financiers of terrorism in the country.