The United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team has disclosed in its recent report, that Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin region are majorly fueled by the cash run economies of the region.
The report was contained in the 22nd Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, pursuant to resolution 2368 (2017) concerning Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – ISIL – (Da’esh), Al-Qaeda and associated individuals and entities.
The report states, “The predominance in the region of the cash economy, without controls, is conducive to terrorist groups funded by extortion, charitable donations, smuggling, remittances and kidnapping.
“In Nigeria, 111 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi were kidnapped on 18 February 2018 and released by ISWAP on 21 March 2018 in exchange for a large ransom payment”.
The report, signed by Edmund Fitton-Brown, Coordinator, Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team and Kairat Umarov, Chair, Security Council Committee, is said to be “comprehensive and independent.”
The UN Security Council Committee had blacklisted and imposed sanctions on Boko Haram insurgents after the Islamic jihadists kidnapped more than 200 girls in Chibok community, Borno State.
The Committee released a statement stating that ongoing terrorist activities, instability and the effects of climate change besetting the sub-region was regrettable and requested the Secretary General Antonio Guterres to review the work of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) and recommend areas for improvement.
The statement reads in part, “The Security Council strongly condemns all terrorist attacks carried out in the region, including those perpetrated by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Daesh).
“These attacks have caused large-scale and devastating losses, have had a devastating humanitarian impact including through the displacement of a large number of civilians in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, and represent a threat to the stability and peace of West and Central Africa.
“The Council notes with particular concern the continuing use by Boko Haram of women and girls as suicide bombers, which has created an atmosphere of suspicion towards them and made them targets of harassment and stigmatisation in affected communities, and of arbitrary arrests by security forces.
“The Council emphasises the need for affected States to counter-terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including by addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, in accordance with obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law”.
The Security Council however, welcomed the support provided by UNOCA and the UN Office for West Africa and Sahel (UNOWAS) and advocated the development of a joint regional strategy to address the root causes of the Lake Chad Basin crisis through regular contact with regional leaders.