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New law defining terrorism, punishment for financiers underway, AGF says

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), said on Monday that new law that would expand the definition of terrorism and create additional sanctions for terrorists and their financiers was underway.

The AGF said the new legal provisions were contained in the new Terrorism Prohibition and Prevention Bill, that which would replace the current Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 (amended in 2013).

Malami, represented by the Director, Public Prosecution of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Umar Mohammed, spoke in Abuja at during the opening ceremony of the ‘regional workshop on prison intelligence in a counterterrorism context’.

Eight African countries including Mauritania, Republic of Chad, Kenya and Benin Republic were said to have participated in the three-day event organised by International Institute for Justice and Rule of Law.

Speaking at the event, Malami, who noted that “the scale of terrorists’ incursion is constantly metamorphosing at an alarming and despicable rate”, said the new anti-terrorism law being put in place was in conformity with international standards.

He said, “In conformity with international standards, the Federal Ministry of Justice has also introduced new legal provisions in a new Terrorism Prohibition and Prevention Bill, that will replace the current Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 (amended in 2013).

“The new provisions seek to enhance coordination amongst relevant law enforcement, intelligence, prisons and security agencies. The new bill has also expanded the definition of terrorist financing and sanctions applicable to terrorists and those who fund terrorists.”

According to him, other initiatives taken by his “include the setting up of a robust unit in the Department of Public Prosecution the Complex Case Group”