By Tiffany Williams –
Monday morning the U.S. Department of State officially designated Ousmane Illiassou Djibo, also known as Petit Chapori as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
Under section 1(a)(ii)(B) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, this designation by the United States generally prohibits Americans and American organizations from engaging in any transactions with Djibo. It also means, his property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked.
The U.S. Department of State says that Ousmane Illiassou Djibo, a native Nigerien, is an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS) leader operating in the Menaka Region of Mali. Djibo is a close collaborator and key lieutenant of ISIS-GS leader, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi and Djibo directed subordinate ISIS-GS members to develop a network to kidnap or attack westerners in Niger and surrounding areas.
Djibo has also taken part in numerous assaults on local forces and led ISIS-GS fighters in the July 1, 2019 attack on the Nigerien Armed Forces base in Inates, Tillaberi Region, Niger, and also provided the order for ISIS-GS fighters to take six Nigerien soldiers hostage during an ambush on Nigerien soldiers near Tongo Tongo on May 14, 2019.