The United States is set to officially designate Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, a foreign terrorist organization on Wednesday, officials cited by the Associated Press have said.
Designating Boko Haram as an FTO means the U.S. regulatory agencies will be instructed to block financial transactions with the organization.
The announcement has not been made, but the official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
There have been hints that the U.S. would take this step against Boko Haram, an radical Islamist organization that has claimed over 3,000 lives in Nigeria since its insurgence in 2009.
In 2012, the U.S. designated the sect’s spiritual leader Abubakar Shekau, as well as two other key members of the sect, Adam Kambar and Khalid al-Barnawi, as “Specifically Designated Global Terrorists”.
The designation restricts the trio from coming into the United States and freezes any assets they might have in the United States.