Jonathan officially declares Boko Haram a terrorist organisation

Boko Haram members

The president approved the gazette on Tuesday.

President Goodluck Jonathan has formally approved the proscription of Boko Haram and authorized the gazetting of an order declaring the group’s activities as acts of terrorism.

The order, which has been gazetted as the Terrorism (Prevention) (Proscription Order) Notice 2013, affects both Boko Haram (Jamaatu Ahlis-Sunna Liddaawati Wal Jihad) and Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan (Ansaru). The order was approved by President Jonathan pursuant to section 2 0f the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011 (As Amended).

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Rueben Abati, said this “officially brings the activities of both groups within the purview of the Terrorism Prevention Act and any persons associated with the two groups can now be legally prosecuted and sentenced to penalties specified in the Act”.

The statement said the proscription order warns the general public that any person “participating in any form of activities involving or concerning the collective intentions of the said groups will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act”.

Section 5 (1) of the act prescribes a term of imprisonment of not less than 20 years for any person who “knowingly, in any manner, directly or indirectly, solicits or renders support for the commission of an act of terrorism or to a terrorist group.

“For the purposes of subsection (1) of section, “support” includes – (a) incitement to commit a terrorist act through the internet, or any electronic means or through the use of printed materials or through the dissemination of terrorist information; (b) receipt or provision of material assistance, weapons including biological, chemical or nuclear weapons, explosives, training, transportation, false documentation or identification to terrorists or terrorist groups; (c) receipt or provision of information or moral assistance, including invitation to adhere to a terrorist or terrorist group; (d) entering or remaining in a country for the benefit of, or at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group; or (e) the provision of, or making available, such financial or other related services prohibited under this Act or as may be prescribed by regulations made pursuant to this Act.”

Boko Haram is currently engaging Nigerian forces in a battle in the North Eastern part of the country. The group has claimed responsibility or is blamed for the killing of thousands of people since it launched its violent offensive in 2009.

Ansaru carries out fewer attacks and largely focuses on the kidnap of foreigners and attack on security personnel.

The president declared a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa in order to curtail the activities of the insurgents after other options appeared not to be working. The U.S. also officially labeled the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, a terrorist and placed a $7 million (N1.1 billion) bounty for his capture.


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  • goodgovernance

    Long overdue! Guess the US pushed for this. They seem to be more serious in this fight against terrorism in Nigeria than the Nigerian govt. Whereas the US placed a bounty of a whooping N1Billion on the BH leader, the Nigerian govt only placed N50Million. Let’s hope the cowards will be apprehended now. God help Nigeria!

  • MALLAM SHEHU

    DUH!!! JONATHAN IS REALLY REALLY SLOW. U.S. DECLARED THE GROUP AS TERRORIST GROUP LONG TIME AGO, THEN JONATHAN AND THE NORTHER LEADERS/BOKO HARAM SUPPORTERS WERE CRYING THAT U.S. SHOULD NOT LABEL THEM TERRORIST. AFTER SO MANY INNOCENT LIFE DESTROYED BY THE GROUP, JONATHAN IS WAKING UP TO REALIZE THAT THEY ARE TERRORIST FOR REAL?

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    What is this clueless,inept and incapable president Jonathan laying emphasis on by officially
    labeling Boko Haram a terrorist organisation?What positive substance does it add to ending security challenges and attaining secure peaceful environment in Nigeria?
    Even the Boko Haram fighters or gangsters knew themselves as terrorists without any doubt,just like other terrorist organisations like MENDS and other Niger Delta terrorist gangs,also those terror gangs in the East and Western parts of Nigeria and outside Nigeria terrorist groups in other parts of Africa,Middle-East,Europe and Asia Minor.
    President Jonathan declaration of emergency rule has not recorded victory or eliminated Boko Haram terrorist group yet hence,president Jonathan should get serious and hook up his belt to achieve vital developmental goals and sound security of lives and properties of Nigerians..

  • Ekon

    Bravo clueless is tickled again , declaration of SOE and now labeling BH as terrorists. How can this our current problems of insecurity? Please declare all other terrorr organisations like MEND and move to eliminate them rather than just declare…declare.

  • nija pikin

    How does it help security in nigeria, too little too late CHANGE IN ASO ROCK IS THE ONLY SOLUTION

  • Undisputed truth

    My reading into this is that the president has finally concluded that he cannot defeat Boko Haram on his own and has formally asked the US for assistance with military and intelligence gathering matters . Let’s see what happens next. I’m not sure that I want the US involved in any way militarily as this would only attract Jihadists into Nigeria from all over the place and then Nigeria will see true wahala

  • Bob

    Nawawo… this is the DUMBEST President on earth…. it means BH was a legitimate organisation prior to this ban. … his friends should advice him to stop taking decisions while he is drunk….What a useless president?