Senate Say IGP Ill-informed On Anti-terrorism Law

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Following the delay in prosecution of suspected Boko Haram members arrested by the police which the Inspector General of police attributed to a lack of anti-terrorism law, the Senate yesterday took a swipe at Mr Mohammed Abubakar, stressing that he must have been ill-informed on the position of the anti-terrorism law, just as he said the law already existed in the country.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said the upper chamber was totally confused when the Inspector General of Police said there was no such law and as such the detained Boko Haram would not be put on trial, adding: “The Senate was surprised and flabbergasted” by the claim that there was no law to prosecute arrested suspected terrorists.

The Inspector-General of Police had on Tuesday said the Police could not put the detained members of Boko Haram on trial until the anti-terrorism bill which was before the National Assembly was passed into law.

Abaribe, who noted that the Anti-Terrorism Prevention Bill was passed into law in 2011 and President Goodluck Jonathan did not delay in signing it into law, said: “Probably, the IGP was not properly briefed about the existence of a bill on terrorism that was passed more than a year ago.”

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