The United Nations Security Council Committee on Al-Qaeda sanctions has blacklisted the Boko Haram sect after the insurgents kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls.
Consequently, the sect is now subject to an international asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.
U.S Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said that by adding Boko Haram to the U.N’s 1,267 Al-Qaeda sanctions list, the security council has helped to close off important avenues of funding, travel and weapons to Boko Haram and shown global unity against their savage actions.
The U.N listing entry describes Boko Haram as an affiliate of Al-Qaeda and the organisation of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
According to the narrative summary accompanying the listing, Boko Haram has maintained a relationship with the organisation of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb for training and material support purposes.
The narrative summary adds that Boko Haram gained valuable knowledge on the construction of improvised explosive devices from Aqim and a number of Boko Haram members fought alongside Al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Mali in 2012 and 2013 before returning to Nigeria with terrorist expertise.