Posts Tagged ‘Nigeria’

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Jihadists rustle cattle for cash

March 8, 2016

The Islamic terror group Boko Haram is selling stolen cattle through intermediaries.  The money is probably going toward paying the wages of Boko Haram fighters, buying weapons, and funding their operations.  Similar activities have been conducted by terrorists in Bangladesh.  From Vanguard (h/t to Don Okereke and El Grillo):

Boko Haram now sells stolen cattle to fund terror

…Shettima imposes civil-military management in cattle markets
…Ban sale of dry meat
… introduces stringent conditions in slaughter houses

By Ndahi Marama

Maiduguri Boko Haram insurgents have devised a new means of using “unscrupulous middlemen” to crudely sell stolen cattle at the Gamboru cattle market in Maiduguri with proceeds used to fund terror activities, Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima announced Friday. He spoke while inaugurating a new management made up of representatives of the Nigerian military, police, the Department of State Security, civilian JTF and Government officials who have been assigned to take full charge of the market and henceforth scrutinize sources of all cattle, delay slaughter of certified cattle for claims while the Government placed a ban on imports of cattle through various routes as well as sale of dry meat across the State…

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Hezbollah financier in Nigeria exposed

March 3, 2015

We’ve known for years that Hezbollah uses supermarkets in West Africa to launder drug money for Hezbollah (such as Tajco Ltd). Amigo Supermarket in Abuja, Nigeria, is just the latest. The U.S. Treasury Department has named 1) Amigo, 2) an amusement park, and 3) a holding company in Nigeria as Hezbollah front companies. Treasury also sanctioned Mustapha Fawaz, age 47, a Lebanese-born Nigerian citizen who co-owns the companies, calling him, “a significant donor to Hizballah” who has “solicited donations in Abuja, Nigeria, and helped arrange the transmission of these funds to Hizballah in Lebanon.”  Treasury’s action freezes any U.S. assets Fawaz may have and prohibits Americans from dealing with Fawaz.

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Boko Haram targets India for drug dealing income

January 16, 2015

The jihadist group Boko Haram killed up to 2,000 people in northeastern Nigeria last week. The operation would have cost Boko Haram a great deal of money in terms of arming and paying wages to their fighters. Boko Haram is known previously to have sustained itself through jizya, robberies, military depot raids, zakat from supporters, arms trafficking, and drug smuggling through West Africa.

But a new vector for Boko Haram’s drug racket may be emerging in India. Fugitive terrorist and underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim, who is currently being given safe haven in Pakistan, is facilitating Boko Haram’s entry into the illegal drug racket in South Asia according to news outlets there. Times Now reported last fall that the Pakistani spy agency ISI arranged for a meeting between Dawood’s brother, Anees Ibrahim, and Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, which has already started yielding profits for Dawood’s “D-Gang” and Boko Haram. Roll tape:

Nigerian drug dealers are especially active in Goa and Mumbai.

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Boko Haram gun-running in Cameroon

November 18, 2014

Gun-running in West and Central African

Boko Haram is trafficking arms in far northern Cameroon, according to military officials and news sources. An arms seizure led to at least one arrest in January, and a gendarme raid in the central market of Maroua, the regional capital, led to the arrest of 40 suspects connected with trafficking arms for the jihadist group in June.  Weapons and their proceeds are used in Boko Haram strongholds in northeastern Nigeria of Yobe and Borno.

Furthermore, Cameroon is being exploited by Chadian, Libyan, and Qatari networks to smuggle weapons on Boko Haram’s behalf according to a recent and informative report from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point by Jacob Zenn with internal citations omitted (h/t El Grillo):

…The tie between arms traffickers and Boko Haram commanders was also highlighted in key arrests in Cameroon. One Chadian weapons trafficker was arrested in Waza [Cameroon] in June 2014 working on behalf of a Maroua-based Boko Haram commander and possessed $15,000 from deals that he made in Chad. Days before his arrest, Cameroon uncovered weapons stockpiles in Maroua’s central market. In addition, in June 2014, Cameroon discovered travel documents from Libya (Africa’s largest arms market since 2011) and Qatar and receipts from car exports to Qatar in a Boko Haram camp, which suggests a possible link to Alhaji Abdalla, who was Boko Haram’s negotiator in the [kidnapping of the French family] Moulin-Fournier and other kidnappings…

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Terror money news: recommended reading

November 6, 2014
  • Halal food certification enriches terror affiliates… more>>
  • Why terrorists love money transfer companies… more>>
  • Vice President says the Gulf monarchies funded ISISmore>>
  • Nigeria’s central bank denies financing Boko Harammore>>
  • An informative review of the controversial $1.3 billion in U.S. foreign aid to Egypt through American and Egyptian eyes… more>>
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Supporting mischief: recommended news reading

July 17, 2014
  • Are we in an age of unilateral easing of sanctions on rogue states without obtaining meaningful changes in behavior first? Case in point:  Japan on North Korea… more>>
  • A University of Texas student has pleaded guilty to luring recruits to wage jihad in Somalia, or, failing that, to prepare for World War IIImore>>
  • Boko Haram is illustrating how ineffective U.S. counter-terror finance policies can be… more>>
  • Smuggling eight guns from Minnesota to Nigeria stuffed in a brown paper bag between the seat cushions of a ’98 Mercury is one way to run afoul of authorities… more>>
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How Islamist Nigerian traitors armed Boko Haram

June 17, 2014

This may help explain why Boko Haram has been able to rob Nigerian army depots with relative ease in the past. Must’ve been inside jobs from Islamist officers and men. It makes a little more sense than recent explanations of drug trafficking activity funding Boko Haram.  From the Associated Press on June 3:

Report: 10 generals guilty of arming Boko Haram

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists, several Nigerian newspapers said Tuesday, though the military insisted there was no truth in the reports.

They follow months of allegations from politicians and soldiers who told The Associated Press that some senior officers were helping the Islamic extremists and that some rank-and-file soldiers even fight alongside the insurgents and then return to army camps. They have said that information provided by army officers has helped insurgents in ambushing military convoys and in attacks on army barracks and outposts in their northeastern stronghold. Leadership newspaper quoted one officer saying that four other officers, in addition to the 15, were found guilty of “being disloyal and for working for the members of the sect.”…

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Add jizya to Boko Haram’s catalog of crimes

June 3, 2014

Boko Haram has killed 20 villagers in northern Nigeria for their inability to pay jizya, the traditional Islamic tax on non-Muslims, as demanded by the terrorist group (h/t El Grillo).

Boko Haram has previously relied on bank robberies and raids on army depots to fund and arm their activities. Demanding jizya may suggest a shift in Boko Haram’s revenue collection tactics or increased territorial control.

Prior evidence of Boko Haram interest in jizya has been somewhat limited and recent. One of the Christian girls abducted by Boko Haram said her captors raped her with the justification of “sex as jizya.” Another source alleged that the jizya was the basis for the kidnapping of the 230 girls in the first place, saying that the girls’ failure to pay the tax justified their sale as wives or slaves in order to compensate Boko Haram.

Jizya, though not officially collected by governments of the modern Islamic world, is known to fund terrorist groups including the Taliban, Abu Sayyaf, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria. The success of such measures and relative indifference of the West toward such illegal taxation may have emboldened Boko Haram to embrace the jizya concept.

The imposition of jizya against non-Muslims is mandated by the Qur’an (9:29), and according to the Hadith Sahih Muslim, the penalty for failure to either convert to Islam or pay the tax is to be attacked.

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A look at Boko Haram’s financing

April 4, 2014

Boko Haram has enough money to buy its own artillery now according to Voice of America. Analysts interviewed by VOA said there probably isn’t enough funding within Nigeria for buying heavy weapons, indicating that much of Boko Haram’s funding comes from abroad. Several revenue sources were named:

Foreign sources

  • West African piracy
  • Drug smuggling
  • Unrest from the Arab Spring has created and weapons trafficking “highway” to Nigeria

Domestic sources

  • Bank robberies
  • Stealing from the Nigerian military

In addition to the Boko Haram bank robberies, previous Money Jihad coverage has shown that zakat has been funneled by Boko Haram supporters through Nigerian banks to fund terrorist operations.

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Arms pour in for Boko Haram

March 10, 2014

Gunrunning from the Sudan and Central African Republic into Nigeria to arm the jihadist group Boko Haram is destabilizing the entire region.  Cameroon has had to deploy more forces to its northeastern region to contend with the rising tide of arms traffickers passing through Cameroonian territory.  One analyst says, “After wars, firearms are sold at relatively low prices, a real business opportunity for traffickers.”  Indeed, that seemed to be the case after the Libyan uprising against Qaddafi as well:  many of the Libyan weapons have wound up arming the Al Qaeda aligned rebels fighting against Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Perhaps it should not be a surprise that Sudan, a longtime state sponsor of terrorism and genocide, is one of the culprits behind the arming of Boko Haram.  And with players like this involved, ultimately the Gulf monarchies cannot be ruled out of pulling the strings and financing some of these activities behind the scenes.

From IRIN:

Arms smuggling to Boko Haram threatens Cameroon

YAOUNDE, 21 February 2014 (IRIN) – Recent arms seizures and arrests of traffickers in Cameroon’s Far North Region have highlighted the escalating insecurity caused by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and the impact of the unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Sudan.

In January, Cameroon’s security forces arrested a man attempting to transport 655 guns to Nigeria. In September 2013, 5,400 AK-47 rifles were seized on a pick-up truck in Maroua, the capital of Far North Region, according to officials and local media.

“Many fire arms have been seized from traffickers in the region in recent days, coming from crisis countries like Sudan and CAR. The number could be higher due to the disarmament taking place in CAR. This region remains a zone for traffickers because it is closer to Nigeria,” a Maroua Police officer told IRIN.

Cameroon has stepped up security in the Far North Region following Nigeria’s military crackdown on Boko Haram, which has pushed back the insurgents to border regions and forced thousands of civilians to flee into Cameroon.

“Before the deployment of the special security forces of the Rapid Intervention Unit in 2009 to the Far North of Cameroon, the region was highly plagued by highway robbers armed with light machine guns. But today, armed robbery has reduced in the Far North, giving way to arms traffickers now targeting new markets in neighbouring Nigeria,” said a gendarme official with the intelligence division.

“Because of the vast nature of the region’s borders, traffickers sometimes can pass through the region without being detected”…

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Money jihad news: recommended reading

October 10, 2013
  • Al-Awlaki paid him $9,000 to do English-language outreach for Al Qaeda. Now that his paymaster is dead and he’s been indicted, Lawal Babafemi may be having second thoughts… more>>
  • Norway is cutting its aid to Afghanistan by 7 percent over concerns about corruption, while Norwegian aid to the equally corrupt Palestinian Authority remains undiminished… more>>
  • Pakistan’s ISI and Frontier Corps commit extortion through a “kill and dump” mafia operation, reports Sarjau… more>>
  • Al-Madinah received £1.4 million in taxpayer funds to open an interfaith school. Somewhere along the way it became 100 percent Muslim, sent girls to the back of the classroom, and banned haram cooking from the cafeteria… more>>