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Canada adds Boko Haram on the list of terrorist groups

“The Government of Canada is keeping our streets and communities safe. Listing terrorist entities facilitates the prosecution of perpetrators and supporters of terrorism, as well as countering terrorist financing,” he added.

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency in Nigeria for four years.

Implications of the designation include the seizure or forfeiture of assets of persons or groups listed. Also, there may be severe penalties for persons and organizations that deal in the property or finances of a listed entity.

According to reports by Today’s Telegraph:

This follows the November decision of the United States government to designate Boko Haram and it’s splinter group, Ansaru, as foreign terrorist organisations.

 

by Oke Efagene

A statement released by the Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Steven Blaney, said Canada has listed Boko Haram and The Caucasus Emirate (a group in Russia) as terrorist groups.

In addition, it has become a crime to knowingly participate in, or contribute to, any activity of a listed entity for the purpose of enhancing the ability of the entity to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity.

“Boko Haram is an organisation that is responsible for over 300 attacks in Northern Nigeria, which have resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 people. The Caucasus Emirate has carried out terrorist activities in Russia, resulting in the death and injury of many Russian civilians and security personnel. Listing these organizations as terrorist entities sends a strong message that such actions will not be tolerated,” said Blaney.

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency in Nigeria for four years.

The government of Canada has announced that it has listed Boko Haram as a terrorist group under its criminal code.

Blaney explained that the listing process requires extensive analysis of intelligence and/or criminal information.

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