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Nigerian Senate Endorses Death Sentence for Terrorists

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The Nigerian Senate yesterday unanimously endorsed the death penalty for any person engaged in acts of terrorism in the country. The penalties were contained in a conference report on a Bill for an Act to amend the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 and for other related matters.

The Nation writes that the report was earlier stepped down because some senators opposed the designation of the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) to co-ordinate counter terrorism. But yesterday, the Clause was retained as part of the Act.

According to provisions of the bill, it prohibits “all acts of terrorism and financing of terrorism”.

It also states that “A person or body corporate who knowingly in or outside Nigeria directly or indirectly willingly; does, attempts or threatens any act of terrorism or commits an act preparatory to or in furtherance of an act of terrorism; or omits to do anything that is reasonably necessary to prevent an act of terrorism or assists or facilitates the activities of persons engaged in an act of terrorism or is an accessory to any offence under this Act or participates as an accomplice in or contributes to offences under the Act, assists, facilitates, organises or directs the activities of persons or organisation engaged in any act of terrorism or is an accessory to any act of terrorism; incites, promises or induces any other person by any means whatsoever to commit any act of terrorism or any of the offences referred to in this Act commits an offence under this Act and is liable on conviction to maximum of death sentence.”

Earlier, the Senate version prescribed life imprisonment for offences under the Clause while the House of Representatives’ version prescribed death penalty.

The report said after deliberation, the House’s version of death penalty for acts of terrorism was adopted.

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What are your thoughts on the death penalty for acts of terrorism? Is this welcoming news?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

19 Comments

  1. Kechi

    February 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    One step forward, but they also need to unite like this on corruption and lack of political will. We still need electricity, water and jobs in that country!

  2. Collosus

    February 21, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Good!!!

  3. Toyin

    February 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    @Kechi

    True. Unfortunately, they will never gather for a fight against corruption when that’s what makes the Naija government. In a developed country, that’s possible but not in a corrupt, underdeveloped country. I don’t see Nigeria as a developing country because not much has changed from 50 yrs ago that they claim independence.

  4. sayit

    February 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Please we also need one for rapist and paedophiles…Thanks in advance

    • Ms lala

      February 22, 2013 at 3:06 am

      no seriously…we do…we need one ASAP…include ritualist, kidnappers, rapist and i mean the ones that are just raping children, minors….adult rape should receive 20 years max …make dem know how far…..armed robbers too cuz nowadays they rob to kill o!!!!!!

  5. Deedee

    February 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    @sayit, you are right abeg, we need to handle dem rapists and paedophiles harshly…

    • lala

      February 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Senators that marry kids? Ok, good luck!

  6. Chyllee

    February 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    pls include kidnappers

  7. WIse One

    February 21, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    The sentence is one thing, prosecuting actual offenders (and not just men on the street) is another.

  8. dee one

    February 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    And the list goes on……

  9. Owere

    February 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    they should also include the people that embezzle public fund and kidnappers

    • Jia

      February 22, 2013 at 8:54 am

      You are pretty much saying these leaders should kill themselves. You know that isn’t going to happen. If that sh*t happens, there will no one sitting in office. All of them are thieves with shrimp brain.

  10. Adeola

    February 22, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Gbam, y’all said it all.

  11. kay

    February 22, 2013 at 4:49 am

    While the harsh penalty might be effective in curtailing terrorists, I have this unsettling feeling that a lot of innocent people might lose their lives because of this law. From the person who will falsely accuse his neighbor because they had an altercation in the “yard” yesterday to the police people who will come and pack everyone in the area…. Hmnn God help us oh

  12. NNENNE

    February 22, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Kidnappers have been included years back.

  13. Grace

    February 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Way to go i like that…..

  14. whocares

    February 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    we are quick to pronounce death on people arent we? A part of me thinks why not as what they do is absolutely atrocious, however where do we draw the line? death penalty on terrorist good, in Uganda there is a proposal that homosexual people should be put to death as well.. just where do we draw the line? is death really the solution?

  15. Peachy_mo

    February 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    While they are at it, they should also endorse the death penalty on embezzlement of public funds and corruption.

  16. nice g lord

    March 1, 2013 at 12:20 am

    one thing is to say another is action wit the right persons ( all we need is peace and unity

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