The Senate yesterday considered a bill seeking life jail for anyone found guilty of terrorist acts in the country.
The bill titled “The Terrorism Prevention (Act) 2011 Amendment Bill 2012”, sponsored by Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba (PDP, Cross River), passed a second reading yesterday.
Leading his debate on the bill, the leader of the Senate, said the bill sought to make provisions for extra territorial application of the Act and strengthen the section on terrorist financing offences and other related matters.
According to him, the highlights of the amendment sought is the territorial application of the law because terrorism can be carried out within or outside the country, and to tackle such, the principal Act needs to reflect that whether a person knowingly in or outside Nigeria directly or indirectly commits
He said the bill was essentially aimed at bringing the Terrorism Act 2011 in line with the new dimension which terrorism has assumed so that the nation’s security agencies would be able to tackle acts of terrorism, whether in or outside Nigeria.
The bill also seeks amendment of Section 13 of the principal Act which makes provisions for detention and seizure of terrorists properties.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang (PDP, Akwa Ibom North-East) sought to know how far the Terrorism Act has been implemented, but Senate President David Mark maintained that even if a single word was missing from the principal Act, it was necessary that such missing word is inserted in the Act.
The bill was later referred to the Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence for further legislative input.