Boko Haram: National Assembly to strengthen anti-terrorism law

The National Assembly will urgently revisit the Anti-Terrorism Act to give it more bite in the fight against the Boko Haram terror menace, David Mark, the senate president has said.

 

Mr. Mark disclosed this when he led principal officers of the National Assembly to appraise the damage done by the deadly Boko Haram attack on Kano last Friday which left over 160 people dead and scores injured.

 

“We will do all within our powers to ensure that we don’t have a repeat of this anywhere in our country,” the senate president said. “If there is anything we in the National Assembly can do in terms of taking a second look at the Anti-Terrorism Act, we will go ahead and do it. We will give maximum legislative and legal support so that those who are involved are dealt with.”

 

“There is no way we are going to stand by and fold our hands and watch Boko Haram committing these crimes, he added.

 

He said the moment demands that all good Nigerians speak out and condemn the sustained Boko Haram attacks with all their might.

 

“It is also time for our security agencies to double their efforts and prevent such mishaps before they happen,” he said.

 

The senate president said the lawmakers had to ignore security reports indicating that their trip was not safe to visit Kano because of its importance to Nigeria.

 

Security threats still remained high in Kano city as the police say they uncovered eight bomb-laden cars in the city, Monday.

 

“We have discovered eight bomb-laden cars in different areas of the city,” a senior police officer told AFP.  “We are still facing serious security threats.” 

Another car was found – filled with explosives outside an NNPC fuel station in Kano on Sunday – as Jonathan paid a visit of solidarity to the city, reports say. 

The security challenges presented by the Boko Haram sect is apparently overwhelming, leading the government to take several unproductive measures. With most international media describing the Nigerian government as weak, the international community is offering to assist the country in exterminating the shadowy group.

 

“We offer our support to the Nigerian people and Government in overcoming this threat to their way of life and their country’s stability and democracy,” the European Union said in a statement Monday.

 

“We will discuss with the Nigerian government in the coming days, including at our forthcoming ministerial dialogue in early February, possible ways and concrete actions in support of peace, security and development in the country, particularly for the poorest communities.”

 

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