Nigeria: Terrorism Act Repeal Bill Passes Second Reading
Abuja, May 9, 2018 (AltAfrika)-A proposed bill to repeal the Terrorism Act, 2011 and enact the Terrorism Act, 2018, to provide measures for quick detection, prevention, enforcement, combating and prohibition of acts of terrorism was on Tuesday at the House of Representatives passed for second reading.
Honourable Kayode Oladele, (APC, Ogun), representing Yewa North/Imeko-Afon constituency, who is the sponsor of the bill, told AltAfrika.com that the bill sought to establish institutional frameworks including the Nigeria Sanctions Committee for the implementation, coordination and enforcement of its provisions.
According to him, the bill, which is to domesticate certain International Conventions and United Nations Resolutions already signed and ratified by Nigeria is currently in conformity with the UNODC model legislative provisions against terrorism and the African model antiterrorism law, 2011.
According to Barrister Oladele, who is also the Chairman on Financial Crimes, the bill incorporates any act which is deliberately done with malice, aforethought and which involves or causes the manufacture, possession, acquisition, transportation, transfer, supply or use of weapons including explosives or biological chemical or nuclear weapons among others without lawful authority.
The seconder of the bill for second reading, Rep. Simon Arabor said he support the second reading because it seeks to incorporate the relevant section of the terrorism in one bill. “The bill is overdue and should be supported”, he added.
Honourable Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon.Yakubu Dogara after the second reading, referred the bill to the House Committee on Security and Intelligence for further legislative input.