The Boko haram terrorists leader, Abubakar Shekau, and a splinter group, Ansaru were on Wednesday
sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council.
According to Reuters, Shekau is the first individual while Ansaru is the first entity to be so sanctioned since the Islamist militant group was blacklisted.
Following the sanction, Boko haram leader, Shekau and Ansaru will be banned from international travel while their assets would be frozen under the UN al Qaeda sanctions list.
Russia had placed a “technical hold” on the designations two weeks ago because it needed more time to review the listings, but diplomats said they lifted the hold on Wednesday, allowing the sanctions to come into force.
It would be recalled that last month, the Security Council al Qaeda Sanctions Committee blacklisted Boko Haram at the request of Nigeria, following the kidnap of over 200 girls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14 by the sects.
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The Islamist militant group was described in the UN listing as an affiliate of al Qaeda and the Organisation of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. It is subjected to a travel ban, an asset freeze and an arms embargo.
Boko Haram faction Ansaru, blamed for the killing of several Western hostages, is AQIM’s bona fide affiliate in Nigeria, and called itself “al Qaeda in the Land Beyond the Sahara” in a video with a British and Italian hostage in 2011.
Ansaru broke off from the Boko Haram sect in protest after it killed 186 mostly Muslim civilians in Kano in 2012.
Following Shekau’s many attrocities and in a bid to arrest him, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, authorised a reward of up to $7m for information leading to his location a year ago.
MeanwhileBoko Haram’s five-year-old insurgency is aimed at reviving a medieval Islamic caliphate in modern Nigeria, whose 170 million people are split about evenly between Christians and Muslims.
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The boko haram sects which is becoming the biggest security threat not just in Nigeria but Africa have been responsible for different attacks, massacres in the country. With President Jonathan saying the activities of the Boko Haram is worse than Nigeria Civil War.
It was reported that the insurgents have displaced about 650,000 in the North-eastern part of the country following repeated attacks on innocent civilians.
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