9mobile has said that one Abdurrahaman Ado Musa on the UAE list of terrorist financiers has no connection with the mobile telecommunications company.
The company, in a statement in Lagos, said ‘Abdulrrahman’ Ado ‘Musa’, named on the UAE list, was not the same as Abdulrahman Ado, its Executive Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs.
It said the resemblance in names was purely coincidental, adding that its director does not bear ‘Musa’.
“Our Director, Abdulrahman Ado, is a respectable law-abiding Nigerian. He served the country diligently in public service for over three decades before transferring his services to the private sector.
“He served in various capacities and was Pioneer Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and Executive Commissioner, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission.
“As a law-abiding company that believes in the greatness of Nigeria, and the well-being of all its citizens, 9mobile would never accommodate any undesirable element within its management and staff,” it said.
9mobile urged the general public to kindly disregard the mistaken identify reported in the media.
Oriental News Nigeria, reports that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday, September 13, named six Nigerians with ties to insurgent group Boko Haram as terrorist financiers.
The UAE Cabinet issued Resolution No 83 of 2021, designating a total of 38 individuals and 15 entities on its approved list of persons and organisations supporting Boko Haram and other terrorist cause.
The suspects are: Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.
The six persons have been previously tried and sentenced in UAE.
It further demands that regulatory authorities monitor and identify any individuals or entities; affiliated with or associated with any financial, commercial, or technical relationship; and take the necessary measures according to the laws in force in the country in less than 24 hours.
In April 2019, the Abu Dhabi federal court of appeal sentenced both Surajo Abubakar Muhammadand Saliuh Yusuf Adamu to life imprisonment followed by deportation.
Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, AbdurRahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf, and Muhammad Ibrahim Isa,were each sentenced to 10 years in prison, and also followed by deportation.
The court found them guilty of setting up a Boko Haram cell in the UAE; to raise funds and material assistance for the insurgents in Nigeria.
In December 2019, a UAE federal supreme court also turned down an appeal by the six Nigerians; upholding the ruling of the appeal court.
The Nigerians were said to have transferred up to $800,000 in favour of Boko Haram between 2015 and 2016.
The Boko Haram insurgency has killed over 40,000 people with two million displaced, according to an AFP report.