The UN has designated Boko Haram, the Nigerian militant group responsible for the abduction of approximately 300 girls from a school in northern Nigeria, as an associate of al-Qa’ida, thereby subjecting it to the asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo imposed by UN Security Council Resolution 2083 (2012). The group was designated for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of” al- Qa’ida and the Organization of al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb.

States must now take action to freeze all funds, other financial assets and economic resources of Boko Haram, including funds derived from property owned or controlled directly or indirectly by it or by persons acting on its behalf or at its direction, and to ensure that no funds, financial assets or economic resources are made available, directly or indirectly, for the benefit of Boko Haram.

Under the arms embargo, States must prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale, or transfer to Boko Haram of arms and related materiel of all types including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts, as well as technical advice, assistance or training related to military activities.

UN Security Council Resolution 2083 (2012) (PDF)

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