US Announces Sanctions on 6 Nigerians Who Support Boko Haram

The US government announced Friday that it will impose sanctions on six Nigerians for their support of the terrorist group Boko Haram.

They are alleged to have “assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support, or goods and services to or supported Boko Haram,” according to a State Department press release.

Those who are sanctioned will be restricted or barred from accessing US assets . US companies will also be barred from doing business with those affected by the sanctions. Boko Haram was officially designated a foreign terrorist group on November 14, 2013.

According to the State Department, the group is “responsible for attacks in the north and northeast of the country, as well as in the Lake Chad Basin in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have killed thousands since 2009.”

The United Nations says conflicts with the Boko Haram group, which began 13 years ago in northeastern Nigeria, have killed more than 350,000 people and displaced 2 million in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. [my/pp]