On 26 June, the UN Security Council’s Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee added Abubakar Mohammed Shekau and the group Ansarul Muslimina fi Biladis Sudan to its list of individuals and entities subject to the targeted financial sanctions, travel ban and the arms embargo recently reaffirmed under Security Council Resolution 2161 (2014).

Abubakar Shekau and Ansarul became the first individual and entity to be listed following the UN’s designation of Boko Haram on 22 May 2014. Abubakar Shekau is the purported leader of Boko Haram; Ansarul is a splinter group.

As a result of the new listings, any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to Abubakar Shekau and Ansarul, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and subject to the sanctions measures.

UN Press Release

Updated Al-Qaida Sanctions List

Security Council Resolution 2161 (2014)