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IPOB, Boko Haram Targeted In New Law For Imprisonment (Read)
Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) claimed to have been tagged terrorist organization by Nigeria’s government and other internationally recognized terrorist groups such as Boko Haram are said to face life imprisonment in a new Act signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The gathered report noted that the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act provided that any member of the group who commits a crime liable on conviction to imprisonment for not less than twenty years
The law further provided that individual also risks up to a maximum of life imprisonment for belonging to the proscribed groups either within or outside Nigeria
We understand agitating group led by embattled leader, Nnamdi Kanu IPOB, was unilaterally prescribed even as the case exists before court and the new law put them as priority.
The Act, also, provides a defence for members of the groups enabling a defaulter to escape either the minimum or maximum sentence, The Nation reports.
The law in its provision stated the person who commits a crime liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than twenty years and up to a maximum of life imprisonment.
It read in parts:
“It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (1) of this section that the entity, in respect of which the charge is brought, was not a terrorist group or a proscribed entity at the time that person became a member or began to profess membership of that group or entity; and the person has not taken part in the activities of that group or entity after it became a terrorist group or proscribed entity.
“A person, who conspires with another to commit an offence under this Part in Nigeria, or to commit an act of terrorism in any place outside Nigeria, being an act, which if done in Nigeria would have constituted an offence, is deemed to have conspired to do that act in Nigeria, and is liable on conviction to the same punishment as provided under this Bill for the offence to which the conspiracy relates.”
It also added that an individual who knowingly, directly, or indirectly aids and abets; induces, instigates, instructs; or even counsels or procures another person by any means whatsoever to commit an act of terrorism, commits an offence.