Several times the military has claimed it had decimated Boko Haram, but the terrorist group has continued to attack soft targets.

Now the United Nations has identified where the group is getting its funds from.

It says generous contributions and extortion are some of the means through which the terrorist group is funded.

This finding was revealed in a report from Kairat Umarov, the Chairperson of the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities.

According to the UN, some non-governmental organisations are sending funds to local terrorist groups in the West African region.

This access to funding is also brewing and increasing the number of persons that are getting radicalised and this is a source of worry for United Nations member states. 

The UN says it is increasing the threat level in the West Africa region.


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“Boko Haram (QDe.138) and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have had a similar impact in their areas of control, including the Lake Chad basin,” the report disclosed.

“The predominance in the region of the cash economy, without controls, is conducive to terrorist groups funded by extortion, charitable donations, smuggling, remittances and kidnapping.”

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Leah Salibu may have been forgotten by some Nigerians, but this United Nations' report highlighted her abduction along with other Dapchi girls. 

It covered the abduction of students of the Government Girls College in Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram in February.

The report read: “111 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi were kidnapped on 18 February 2018 and released by ISWAP on 21 March 2018 in exchange for a large ransom payment".

The document is the 22nd Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team submitted pursuant to resolution 2368 (2017) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities.

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Over 1.7 million persons have been displaced and thousands killed in the northeast region in the over 8 years of insurgency. 

Counter-terrorism operations heightened in 2015 and since then the army has continued to claim it had decimated the group. 

Nigeria and neighbouring nations had pulled forced together in operations that have resulted in the clearance of Boko Haram from Sambisa forest. 

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