Nigeria Offers Reward for Capture of Boko Haram Leaders
[An Nahar] Nigeria's military on Friday offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in rewards for information leading to the capture of leaders of Islamist orc group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
.A statement listed 19 alleged senior members of the orc group blamed for hundreds of deaths in connection with its insurgency in northern and central Nigeria.
The rewards ranged from 50 million naira ($317,000, 245,000 euros) for the suspected leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, to 10 million naira for various Boko Haram "commanders".
"They are wanted in connection with terrorist activities particularly in the northeast zone of Nigeria that led to the killings, bombings and liquidation of some civilians, religious leaders, traditional rulers, businessmen, politicians, civil servants and security personnel amongst others," a military statement said.
"They are also wanted for arson and destruction of properties worth millions of naira."
In June, the United States designated three Nigerian Islamist gunnies "global terrorists" but declined to label Boko Haram a terrorist group, citing its domestic focus, among other issues.
The three named by the US State Department were Shekau as well as Abubakar Adam Kambar and Khalid al-Barnawi, both said to have ties to a regional al-Qaeda group.
Friday's statement offering rewards listed both Shekau and al-Barnawi, but not Kambar.
Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, who issued the statement on behalf of a military task force operating in the country's northeast, did not respond to phone calls.
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-24