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US Places Whopping $7m Bounty On Boko Haram Leader Shekau

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Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

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The United States Department of State says it will give $7 million (N2.5 billion) reward to anyone with credible information that can lead to the arrest of Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram insurgent group.

This was disclosed in a tweet by the Rewards for Justice Program (RJP), the counterterrorism rewards program of the US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service.

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“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 reads.

The US had also placed a bounty of the same sum on Shekau in June 2013.

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On June 21, 2012, the country designated Shekau a “specially designated global terrorist” under executive order 13224.

Shekau took over the leadership of the insurgent group in 2010 following the killing of Mohammed Yusuf, its former leader.

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There had been several claims that Shekau has been killed, but he resurfaced in videos at every turn countering those claims.

In February 2020, the federal government also placed a N3m bounty on Shekau.

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He has always appeared on video with no one able to locate his whereabouts for almost a decade.

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