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.