The German government on Wednesday, May 5, announced the ban of an Islamic organisation based in Nigeria over alleged support for terrorism via movement of funds.
According to reports from the German News Agency, DPA, Police raided buildings in 10 German states associated with Ansaar International.
Ansaar International was accused by the German authorities of send monies accrued in the guise of welfare projects to groups; such as the Syrian al-Qaida affiliate known as the Nusra Front, the Palestinian group Hamas and al-Shabab in Somalia.
“The organization Ansaar International and its suborganizations were banned. The network finances terrorism globally with its donations,” a spokesperson for the German Interior Ministry tweeted.
The ministry quoted Interior Minister Horst Seehofer as saying, “When wanting to fight terrorism; one needs to dry out its money sources.”
Investigation reveals that Ansaar International is also incorporated in Nigeria as an orphanage under the name of ‘Ansaar International West Africa’
Seehofer further stated that the new trend used by terrorist organisations to move funds include,
- The upsurge in acts of terrorism and terrorist financing in the sub-region,
- The emerging linkages between West African extremist groups and international terrorist organisations and provision of support by the latter to the former
- The use of both legitimate and illegitimate means by terrorists and terrorist groups to raise funds for personal upkeep, recruitment, purchase of tools and equipment, the dissemination of propaganda, and
- The exploitation of formal and informal channels to move funds.
- The use of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and charities as conduits for terrorist financing
is also becoming more apparent
Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday, May 5, described calls for the disintegration of Nigeria; as unmindful and insensitive to the plight of the minority groups in the country.
Obasanjo made the observation when he received the Tiv Professional Group (TPG) from Benue State, who paid him a courtesy visit in Abeokuta.
The former president recalled a discussion between him and “a military friend” who; according to him, has described major tribes in the country as selfish and not sufficiently caring for the minority groups.
Obasanjo, who aligned with his friend’s opinion; expressed worry over what would become of the minority groups if the major tribes decided to secede and begin to operate as separate countries.
“If the Yoruba can stand as a country if the Igbos and the Hausa/Fulani can stand as separate countries; where do we want the minority groups to be?
“Now, by virtue of the present situation, they are a little bit protected; but if Nigeria breaks up, they will be oppressed and exterminated,” he said.