The Federal Government has toughened its war against the violent Boko haram sect by sending a new anti-terrorism bill to the National Assembly.
The bill is intended to effectively spell out measures for dealing with threats posed by Boko haram and other violent groups in the country, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), said on Monday.
Speaking at the 52nd Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja, Adoke said the Terrorism (Prohibition) Bill 2012, would address identified weaknesses in the current anti-terror laws.
But he did not disclose details of the new bill.
The anti-terrorism bill is one of several new bills sent to the National Assembly by the Federal Government in a bid to strengthen already existing laws.
Others include the Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Related Offences Bill 2012, and the Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill 2012.
Adoke said, ”We have already submitted to the National Assembly, the Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Related Offences Bill 2012, to implement the ICC statute and criminalize ICC crimes in Nigeria in our effort to end impunity; the Terrorism (Prohibition) Bill 2012 to address identified weaknesses in our anti-terror laws and the Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill 2012 to curb the scourge of money laundering and specifically criminalise certain conducts, as well as satisfy some of the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force.”