Shekau suffers setback from $7m To $10,000

After announcing a mere N3million($10,000) reward for information that will lead to the arrest of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, the Nigerian military has shown he is now of limited value or danger as a terrorist.

For all intent and purposes, the bounty is a big downgrade for a terrorist who once seized 21 local councils in Nigeria and reigned in Sambisa Forest.

The bounty contrasts sharply with the $7million announced in 2013 by the United States government.

In an unprecedented move in June 2013, the United States posted up to $23 million in rewards to help track down Shekau and four leaders of militant groups accused of spreading terror in west Africa.

The highest reward of $7 million was offered for the Boko Haram leader, who days before the bounty was announced, had called on Islamists in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq to join the bloody fight to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.

The US State Department’s Rewards for Justice programme also targeted Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), offering its first ever bounties for wanted militants in west Africa.

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