US places $7m bounty on Shekau

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The United States Department of State is offering a reward of $7 million (N2.5 billion) for anyone with credible information leading to the arrest of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

The Rewards for Justice Program (RJP), the counterterrorism rewards program of the US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday.

“The United States Department of State offers a reward up to $7m for information leading to the arrest of the terrorist, Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram,” the tweet read.

In June 2012, the US designated Shekau a “specially designated global terrorist” under executive order 13224. The country also placed a bounty of the same sum on Shekau in June 2013.

Shekau is currently number eight on the list of the most wanted terrorists by the US. He has been the leader of Boko Haram since 2010, following the death of its former leader, Mohammed Yusuf.

There had been several claims that Shekau has been killed, but he has consistently resurfaced in videos to debunk claims of his death.

His whereabouts have remained unknown for almost a decade.

 




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