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UN sanctions Boko Haram

Western Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

Boko Haram group has claimed responsibility for a number of killings. PHOTO: Amnesty

The group was added to the international body’s list of groups subject to financial and arms sanctions.

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The United Kingdom’s (UK) foreign secretary welcomed the development saying his government has shown its strong support for securing the listing and co-sponsored Nigeria’s proposal.

“I welcome the listing of Boko Haram by the UN Security Council’s Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. Boko Haram is an inhumane organisation who have no respect for religion or belief or a persons’ right to decide their way of life. Attacks by these violent extremists are causing suffering in communities across Nigeria,” Foreign Secretary, William Hague said.

“Britain was the first country to proscribe Boko Haram and was pleased to support Nigeria’s demand that the UN take action. At the Paris Summit on Security in Nigeria, Nigeria’s neighbours, the UK, US and EU all agreed to pursue sanctions against Boko Haram at the UN. This demonstrates the international community’s support for Nigeria’s efforts to tackle terrorism.”

Under the terms of the sanctions list it is now an offence for any individual or entity to provide financial or material support to Boko Haram, including the provision of arms or recruits.

The Boko Haram extremists have caused mayhem in Nigeria through a series of bombings, killings and with recent abductions of 200 school girls.

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The militant and Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist grouping is fighting the government as to create an Islamic state.