The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, is engaging Sen. Bukola Saraki leadership of the Senate to ensure concurrent passage of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill 2018 before the end of 8th and beginning of 9thNational Assembly on June 11, 2019.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of House Committee on Security, Hon. Istafanus Gyang, at the Advocacy meeting on the passage of the Terrorism Prevention Bill organised in Abuja by the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) and UNODC.
Gyang said that the House has already passed the Bill and will require a concurrent passage by the Senate before transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari to assent and sign it into law before the end of the 8th NASS.
He however, noted that the important piece of legislation critical to the prosecution of war against terror is now a race against time and the 8th NASS will have their valedictory Session on Thursday, June 6, 2019 to bring the life of the legislative era to an end until the 9th NASS takes over on June 11.
To this end, the lawmaker and Senator-elect representing Jos/Barkin Ladi Constituency, said the Speaker Dogara has been asked to engage Saraki and the Senate leadership to ensure it was scheduled for Thursday’s Order Paper and its subsequent passage at the valedictory session.
He said: “This is an important Bill and we engaged relevant stakeholders before its passage by the House. We are glad that in the process of the passage of this bill, the House considered its importance to national security and passed it on Wednesday (last two weeks) waiting for concurrent from the Senate.
“So the work in the House of Reps, we have done our part remaining the clean up part and the Legal Department will do thorough checking. However, the Speaker is being asked to engage the Senate for concurrence on Thursday.”
Also speaking, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, who was represented stressed that the bill that are of national strategic should not be delayed or toyed with.
Adamu also noted that “the war against terrorism is a collective and global one of which the terrorists have also exploited it for global access”. This, he said, requires that the country and security agencies be ahead of the terrorists all the time.
“On our part, we pray the bill is assented to and we will play our role accorded by the law to ensure that this menace is tackled,” he said.
In the same vein, the Secretary of ACJMC, Mr. Sulayman Dawodu, said that if the bill is passed then the country can boast of a comprehensive and updated “legal framework that will empower our security agencies all the legal backing to deal with terrorists and terrorism”.
Dawodu expressed hope that when the National Assembly played their part by passing the bill, the President would without delay sign it into law “so that we can tame this monster”.
The ‘Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill 2018 is to repeal and replace the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 ACT No.10, which was an Act (amended in 2013) to “make provisions for and about Offences Relating to Conduct Carried out or Purposes connected with terrorism”.
But the 2018 version is “A Bill for an Act to make provisions for Offences Relating to Terrorism, Prohibit the Financing of Terrorism and Consolidate all acts relating to terrorism; and for related matters”.