- A new law signed by President Muhammadu Buhari provides life imprisonment for members of Biafra and Boko Haram’s indigenous people
- Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition Act) states that any member of the group will commit an offense punishable by imprisonment for not less than twenty years if convicted
- According to the law, the Person also risks up to life imprisonment for being a member of the banned groups either inside or outside Nigeria
The Members of the outlawed Boko Haram and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu risk a maximum sentence or life imprisonment, according to the recently enacted Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act.
< p class="align-left">The law signed by President Muhammadu Buhari will most likely used to curb the activities of both groups, which have been banned by the country’s court.
The Nation reports that the law, however, offers members of the groups a defense that it enabling them to escape either the minimum or maximum sentence.
According to the newly signed law, any person who is or professes to be a member of either group is a member of the terrorist organization or the prohibited organization within or committing a criminal offense outside of Nigeria.
The law provides in its provision that the person who commits a crime shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than twenty years and up to a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
It read in part:
“It is intended to be a defense for a person charged with a criminal offence is charged under paragraph (1). of this section, that the organization with respect to which the charge is brought was not a terrorist organization or prohibited organization at the time that person became a member or began to identify himself as a member of that group or entity; and the person has not engaged in the activities of that group or entity after becoming a terrorist group or a banned entity.
“A person who conspires with another to commit a crime under this Part in Nigeria to, or to commit an act of terrorism at a location outside Nigeria, which is an act which if it had been committed in Nigeria would constitute a criminal offense shall be deemed and shall be conspiracy to commit that act in Nigeria shall, if convicted, carry the same penalty as those provided under this bill for the offense to which the conspiracy relates.”
It was also added that a person who knowingly, directly or indirectly, assists, incites, guides, directs; or even advises or procures another person, by any means whatsoever, to commit an act of terrorism, a St commit raftat.
Ebonyi Governor Umahi speaks out against IPOB’s agitation, takes group to cleaners
Biafra Indigenous members had previously been warned to incite comment and action in the Southeast.
The warning was issued to IPOB members and their leadership by Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi.
Umahi described the group’s agitation as nonsense and said that the Ebonyi state would not be part of a Biafran nation.
Soldiers kill four unidentified gunmen holding the sit- at-Home enforce in Aba
Meanwhile, on Wednesday May 4, four gunmen were arrested by soldiers from Battalion 144 of the 14th Brigade of the Nigerian Army in the commercial town of Aba in Abia killed state.
According to the report, the incident happened around 14:00 yesterday in area U ratta, Aba of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway.
The gunmen, dressed in black, suddenly marched through popular streets and markets, forcing vendors and local residents to comply with a two-day house arrest order , which was scheduled for Thursday, May 5, and Friday, May 6.