The United States Department of State has offered up to $7m (N2.5bn) for information leading to the arrest of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. Shekau currently ranks eight on the list of United States most wanted Terrorist.
This was made known on Tuesday, in a tweet via the official handle of The Rewards for Justice Program, which is the counterterrorism rewards program of the US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service.
The tweet reads, “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.
Of the 2.3 million people displaced by the conflict since May 2013, at least 250,000 have left Nigeria and fled into Cameroon, Chad or Niger.
The group has carried out mass abductions including the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014 and two years ago, abducted some schoolgirls from Dapchi in Yobe State, releasing all of them except Leah Sharibu who refused to deny her Christian faith.
The Federal Government has since initiated a plan to give amnesty to repentant terrorists while the Senate is currently debating a bill to establish an agency that will cater for the repentant insurgents.
The government has on three separate occasions claimed to have killed Shekau but the Boko Haram leader has resurfaced on several videos to show that he is still alive.