President Goodluck Jonathan reinforced his pledge to end terrorism in Nigeria on Tuesday with his formal approval of the proscription of Boko Haram and authorized the gazetting of an order declaring the group’s activities illegal and acts of terrorism.
A statement by Reuben Abati, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said, 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).
Part of the statement reads:
“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.
“…It officially brings the activities of both groups (Boko Haram and Ansaru) within the purview of the Terrorism Prevention Act and any persons associated with the two groups can now be legally prosecuted and sentenced to penalties specified in the Act.
“The proscription order warns the general public that any person ‘participating in any form of activities involving or concerning the collective intentions of the said groups will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act’”.
Meanwhile, the United States Government Monday through its Rewards for Justice program has placed a bounty of US$7m on Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram.
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