Jonathan Proscribes Boko Haram ,Ansaru Sects



Boko_Haram_leader__Abubakar_Shekau_916127537_288923525By Danlami Nmodu

President Goodluck has proscribed the activities of and its splinter group, Ansaru.A statement today by spokesman ,Reuben Abati said has formally approved the proscription of and authorized the gazetting of an order declaring the group’s activities illegal and acts of terrorism.

According to Abati,the order which has been gazetted as the Terrorism (Prevention) (Proscription Order) Notice 2013 affects both (Jamaatu Ahlis-Sunna Liddaawati Wal Jihad) and another group – Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan, was approved by President pursuant to section 2 0f the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011 (As Amended).

This order “ officially brings the activities of both groups within the purview of the Terrorism Prevention Act and any persons associated with the two groups can now be legally prosecuted and sentenced to specified in the Act” Abati said.

Also, “the proscription order warns the general that any person ‘participating in any form of activities involving concerning the collective intentions of the said groups will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act’ ,”the statement from the presidency said.
Read the full text of the statement below:

PRESIDENT JONATHAN APPROVES ORDER PROSCRIBING BOKO HARAM AND ANSARU, MEMBERS,SUPPORTERS, COLLABORATORS NOW FACE PROSECUTION UNDER TERRORISM PREVENTION ACT

President Goodluck Jonathan has formally approved the proscription of Boko Haram and authorized the gazetting of an order declaring the group’s activities illegal and acts of terrorism.

The order which has been gazetted as the Terrorism (Prevention) (Proscription Order) Notice 2013 affects both Boko Haram (Jamaatu Ahlis-Sunna Liddaawati Wal Jihad) and another group – Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan, was approved by President Jonathan pursuant to section 2 0f the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011 (As Amended).

It officially brings the activities of both groups within the purview of the Terrorism Prevention Act and any persons associated with the two groups can now be legally prosecuted and sentenced to specified in the Act.

The proscription order warns the general that any person “participating in any form of activities involving concerning the collective intentions of the said groups will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act”.

Section 5 (1) of the act prescribes a term of imprisonment of not less than 20 for any person who knowingly, in any manner, directly indirectly, solicits renders for the commission of an act of terrorism to a terrorist group.

For the purposes of subsection (1) of section, “” includes –

(a) incitement to commit a terrorist act through the internet, or any electronic means or through the use of printed materials or through the dissemination of terrorist ;

(b) receipt or provision of material assistance, weapons including biological, chemical or nuclear weapons, explosives, training, transportation, false documentation or identification to terrorists or terrorist groups;

(c) receipt or provision of or moral assistance, including invitation to adhere to a terrorist or terrorist group;

(d) entering or remaining in a country for the benefit of, or at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group; or

(e) the provision of, or making available, such financial or other related services prohibited under this Act or as may be prescribed by regulations made pursuant to this Act.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
( & Publicity)
June 4, 2103


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