Nigerian anti-terror bill stalls

A bill that would provide guidelines for combating terrorism, including biological and chemical terrorism, in Nigeria has made it through a public hearing six days after its scheduled June 30 deadline.

The bill was recommended by the Financial Action Task Force, which was established by the G7 Summit in 1989, reports. A companion bill, dealing with money laundering, is also being considered for final approval by the Senate.

The anti-terror bill has five main components, including terrorist acts, terrorism funding, extradition, investigation and prosecution, reports.

Specific terrorist acts covered under the bill include attacks upon a person's life, kidnappings and destruction of government or public buildings. The bill also covers seizure of aircraft and ships and the manufacture, possession, acquisition, transport, supply or use of CBRN’s, according to the report.

Nigeria Senate President David Mark told the bill was not targeted at any single group.

“Our cultures and religions forbid the taking of lives of our fellow human beings,” Marks told “For the avoidance of doubt, this bill is for the general interest of all Nigerians, and not targeted at any group. Terrorism is gruesome and evil, and must not be condoned. I condemn terrorism in its entire ramification.”

Nuhu Aliyu, Senate committee chairman on security, agreed and noted that terrorism is not a faith-based act.

“Terrorists are people without faith,” Aliyu told “No religion tells people to kill each other.”

The anti-terror bill hearing was only attended by a handful of civilians and members of the police anti-terror unit, according to the report.