The question of who are the real sponsors of the dreaded terrorist gang in Nigeria, Boko Haram, will not go away in a hurry as a recent report has been placed the Islamist insurgents as the 7th wealthiest terrorist organization in the world.
According to a report published by The Richest, the sum of $70million was made by the group between 2006 and 2011 from their numerous kidnappings and the subsequent ransoms procured.
The report put it this way:
“The Boko Haram are a Nigerian terrorist group who fight to overthrow the Nigerian government in order to implement an Islamist regime. They are ranked in 7th position of the richest terror gangs in the world.
They have bombed UN headquarters and most recently abducted over 200 Nigerian school girls in defence of their namesake, “Western Education is Sin”.
“Since they’ve remained off the radar since their recent attacks, it’s unclear just how much money they make from their numerous kidnappings and the subsequent ransoms they procure.
“It has been determined, however, that between 2006-2011, they collected over $70 million. Apart from these monies, they get millions of dollars from their various sponsors within and outside Nigeria.”
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Jihadist militant group, is adjudged the richest terrorist group till date, with an estimated sum of $2 billion, gathered from looted weapons and bank robberies.
The second richest terrorist group is Irish Republican Army (IRA), a prominent professional money laundering organisation in Europe with over $450 million.
The third richest, the Taliban of Afghanistan rakes in an estimated sum of $400 million, annually from expansive drug trade, human trafficking, extortion, as well as a large amount of donations from foreign organisations that support their ill-gotten empire.
Al-Qaeda, which is the fourth richest, is one of the largest and deadliest terrorist groups, founded by Osama Bin Laden. The group realises over $100million in a year.
The Marxist guerrilla group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia-Peoples Army (FARC), known for numerous kidnappings, assassinations and bombings, which they have executed on Columbian citizens, in the name of anti-imperialism rakes in an estimated sum of $80-$350 million, every year is the fifth richest.
Just ahead Boko Haram is Lashkar-e-Tayyiba from Pakistan, renowned for wreaking havoc, raging war and killing civilians, with $100 million a year.
Meanwhile the effort to bring back more than 250 girls abducted almost 3 months ago from Chibok school, Borno State, continues.
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