$23 Million Bounty placed on Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau, Four Others
An unprecedented $23 million bounty was yesterday placed on the leader of the violent Boko Haram terrorist sect, Imam Abubakar Shekau and four other top leaders of the sect by government of the United States of America.
Boko Haram has been responsible for the killing of thousands of lives and destruction of properties in the northern parts of Nigeria and now spreading to other part of West Africa.
The $7 million bounty offered for the capture of the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremists, Abubakar Shekau is seen as a sensational move considering that similar bounty placed on other equally deadly leaders of terrorist groups is far less than the $7 million bounty placed on Shekau.
The highest in this scenario is the sum of $5 million each posted for Al-Qaeda veteran Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Yahya Abou Al-Hammam, a top figure in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
Meawhile, the presidency has applauded the decision by the US to place a $7 million ransom on the leader of the Boko Haram sect, saying it is a welcome development.
Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, noted: “It is a positive development. We welcome any effort of the international community to support Nigeria’s effort at waging war against terrorism and its perpetrators.
“What this proves is that terrorism is a global phenomenon that requires global effort at combating it. Nigeria believes that the international community needs to come together to combat terrorism.”
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