Bill to strengthen Nigeria’s anti-terrorism law scales second reading

House of Representatives
House of Representatives

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill, that will strengthen existing anti-terrorism laws, through second reading.

The amendment to Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011 is being sponsored by Mohammed Monguno, an APC member from Borno State.

Mr. Monguno said his amendment will address new terror threats that the 2011 law did not anticipate prior to its enactment.

For instance, the 2011 Act did not prohibit the use of charity organisations to fund terrorism in the aspect that dealt with terrorism financing.

The lawmaker said the additional provisions will elevate Nigeria’s position on counter-terrorism before the international community.

The bill was immediately supported by other lawmakers and was allowed to scale through the second reading.

Consequently, Speaker Yakubu Dogara ruled that the bill be forwarded to the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence for further legislative input.


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  • thusspokez

    The amendment to Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011

    So since 2011, the NASS played no more part in the fight against terrorism until now 2016? You wonder what use these legislator are to Nigeria.

    1. Does the amendment says something about punishing people who don’t report to the police, their vehicles stolen by boko haram operatives and subsequently used for terrorism?

    2. Does the amendment say anything about punishing parents and families who don’t report their missing children who are subsequently used as suicide bombers?

  • St

    Am shocked just knowing that this law was not reviewed since 2011, what has NASS being doing?? Was it not 2014 Nigeria was said to Harbour d worlds terrorist group? So NASs has been busy spending Nigeria money on luxury cars and prostitutes… I will conclude we have useless senators and law makers

  • Smith Ahmed

    #I support this bill..
    I think this bill should be revisited.. Violent agitators which leads to distruction of gorvernment property and civil unrest should be added in this bill..because we are tired of nnamdi kanu and his groups or other alike…we want a peaceful and smart Nigeria not people like him..#GODBLESSNIGERIA #Wesaynotobadgovernment