Nigeria’s Attorney General Abubakar Malami says financiers of terrorists in the country can only be named and shamed when sufficient indictment has been established against them in a court of law.
Malami reportedly said this in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, on Wednesday.
According to Malami naming and shaming are judicial functions that commence with arraignment and end with a conviction.
He said, “Where reasonable grounds are established, suspects must be naturally taken to court at which point their identity must be disclosed and the naming becomes apparent.
“Shaming, on the other hand, is the product of conviction at which point the public is equally judicially put on notice.
“In essence, naming and shaming within the context of Nigerian law are judicial functions which commence with the arraignment and terminate with convictions,” he added.
Malami said that naming and shaming must be rooted in constitutionalism, adding that a balance must be struck between “constitutional presumption of innocence and evidential proof of reasonable ground for suspicion in making disclosures associated with terrorism funding and financing.”
Assuring that sponsors of terrorism have been identified, the AGF disclosed that Mr Buhari’s regime was working to block leakages associated with funding.
“As far as terrorism funding and financing is concerned, we’ve succeeded in identifying those that are responsible for funding and we are blocking the leakages associated with the funding and embarking on aggressive investigation that is impacting positively in terms of the fight against terrorism,” the AGF said.