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Al-Muntada Trust Fund accused of funding Islamist organisation Boko Haram

Bomb squad police work at the office of This Day newspaper, the radical sect Boko Haram said it carried out the attacks (File photo)  AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Bomb squad police work at the office of This Day newspaper, the radical sect Boko Haram said it carried out the attacks (File photo)

A London-based charity organisation, Al-Muntada Trust Fund, has been accused by a British member of parliament of funding Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group operating in Nigeria, according to a report released by British newspaper the Guardian on Sunday.

David Alton, a member of the House of Lords, raised concerns about the Al-Muntada Trust Fund’s activities with Foreign Office minister Lord Howell in July, as well as with the United Kingdom’s Charity Commission and the Metropolitan police.

However the Charity Commission stated that while they are aware of concerns regarding Al-Muntada’s affiliations with Boko Haram, they were unable to confirm whether those concerns are directly related to the London-based Al-Muntada, since there are several other charity organisations registered under the same name, according to the Guardian.

Nevertheless, the London-based Al-Muntada is notorious for being a platform for radical clerics, the Guardian reported.

Nigerian state security also has concerns with Al-Muntada allegedly funding Boko Haram, according to Nigerian media reports.

Boko Haram has been conducted violent activities in Nigeria since 2009, usually by blowing up churches. The Nigerian army announced on Friday the killing of seven suspected Boko Haram members and the arrest of 13 others, according to BBC news.

BBC news quoted Lt Col Sagir Musa who said the killings and arrests took place after “a group of gunmen suspected of being Boko Haram,” attacked a military checkpoint.

The attacks came a day after Boko Haram released a statement claiming responsibility for attacking a number of mobile telecom installations, according to Reuters.

In their statement, Boko Haram explained their actions, accusing the mobile installations of giving security personnel information about them, vowing to “continue attacking them until they stop”, Reuters reported.

Boko Haram also vowed not to “leave any correspondent or staff of the Voice of America (VOA), alone”, according to VOA. The Islamist group accused VOA of having taken “the task of harming our religion.”

Boko Haram, a term which means that western teachings are prohibited, is an organisation seeking to impose Islamic Shari’a law in Nigeria, especially in the Muslim-majority north. It is affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

  • Nigerian man

    The issue of boko haram is crippling Northern Nigeria economy,our government is corrupt,that’s why they are not prosecuting the arrested sect members

  • taj from nigeria

    Is there any country in the world that isn’t corrupt? You should ask yourself what northern leaders/clerics( muslims) have done to curb the terror caused by bokoharam and slso, the agreement they(Northern clerics/leaders-Muslims) signed with the nigerian state security service that allows these miscreants (Bokoharams) gets out of prison/jail without being prosecuted Via Wikileaks. Well, some months ago, wikileaks released a document that says northern leaders/clerics did sign an agreement with nigeria state security service that allows some of these soul-less idiot go scot-free…Ask them why they signed it..

  • http://muslimcaritiesinfo.webs.com/ Muslim Charities

    The Guardian reported that the Al-Muntada trust fund had been accused of passing money to a militant Islamist group in Nigeria.

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