In its efforts to fully defeat the deadly Boko Haram insurgency, the Nigerian government has over the years employed several military combat and intelligence tactics.
Though the insurgents have not been defeated, there has been some considerable progress in the counter-insurgency war.
One of the tactics the Nigerian government and its counterpart in the United States have used over the years, though not successful, is offering bounties on dreaded Boko Haram leaders.
Capturing the Boko Haram leaders dead or alive, it is believed, will speed up the efforts to eradicate the insurgency.
This piece chronicles the times the Nigerian and the US governments have placed bounties on Boko Haram leaders, as highlighted by PR Nigeria.
1. Abubakar Shekau, November 23, 2012 (Nigerian government)
Since the extrajudicial killing of the Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, in 2009, Shekau has been the leader of the insurgent group.
In 2012, the Nigerian military placed a bounty of N50 million on Shekau and different amounts for 18 others.
While some of the terrorists were eventually neutralised, no one got hold of Shekau.
Meanwhile, the military officer who facilitated the arrest of one of the captured terrorist leaders, Adam Kambar, was allegedly not rewarded with the promised bounty.
2. Shekau, Albarnawee Khalid, and Adam Kambar; June 2013 (US)
In 2013, the US announced a bounty of $7 million on Shekau.Also in 2013, the US placed $5 million bounty on Albarnawee Khalid, another deadly Boko Haram leader. A bounty of $5 million was also placed on Adam Kambar $5 million who has now been reportedly neutralised.
3. Shekau, February 2018 (Nigerian government)
In 2018, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, also announced N3 million bounty on Shekau.
4. Shekau, March 3, 2020 (US)
In the early part of March, the US Department of State placed another or renewal of earlier bounty of $7 million (N2.52 billion) on Shekau.
Legit.ng had reported that the Rewards for Justice stated that the United States Department of State has offered a juicy $7m reward, about N2.52 billion for information that can lead to the arrest of Shekau.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian Army said no going back on its cause to end the atrocities of Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in the northern part of the country.
The force renewed its vow through the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Saturday, March 7 at the Nigerian Army Special Day at the 41st Kaduna State International Trade Fair.
Speaking during the event, Buratai said the army will collaborate with other security agencies to crush banditry and insurgency in the northeast and end kidnapping in the south region.
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