22 November 2012

Nigeria: Senate to IGP - We Have Enough Laws to Prosecute Terrorists

The Senate, yesterday faulted claims by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, that apprehended terror suspects were not prosecuted because there was no existing anti-terrorism law in Nigeria.

Debunking the claim, the Senate said, on the contrary, there were enough laws in the country to prosecute terrorists already apprehended.

The IGP, while responding to questions over the inability of the police to prosecute terrorists, said that there was no law in the country to prosecute them.

The Senate Committee Chairman on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, told a press conference that there was an existing law to prosecute anybody who committed terrorist act.

He noted that the IG may not have been properly briefed by his legal aides that the Anti-terrorism Act passed by the National Assembly came into effect since 2011.

Abaribe, however, cautioned the Police not to deploy such claims as an excuse not to prosecute terrorists.

"Senate was surprised and flabbergasted that the Inspector General of Police will say there is no Anti- Terrorism law.

"In fact I have here a signed copy by President Goodluck Jonathan on the Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011.

"The Act was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on June 1, 2011 and on June 2, it was forwarded by the Clerk to President Jonathan. The Bill was so important to the President that he signed it into law on June 3, 2011.

"He has not been appropriately briefed by his legal staff. This is a year and five months after its passage.

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