Senate proposes “Terrorism Court” and laws to regulate “Inflammatory Preaching”
As usual, the real and pressing need is ignored by the people charged with the responsibility to protect the citizenry as they propose laws and focus on secondary issues.
People are dying in case these Senators haven’t got the news flash yet – we need real action to tackle these barbaric subhumans killing in the name of religion; we don’t need ‘proposals’ for a terrorism court!
Culled from The Punch:
The Senate rounded off its retreat on Wednesday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, proposing a special court to try terror suspects.
It also called for the enactment of a law to check inflammatory preaching and preachers.
These were part of a 17-point communique issued at the end of the technical sessions of the retreat.
The communique read, “The Federal Government should create a special court for terrorist crimes.
“That a law to monitor and regulate preaching should be enacted.”
The Senate voted to increase funding for security agencies with greater focus on intelligence gathering.
The communique added, “That the National Assembly should continue to support increased funding for security agencies with greater focus on intelligence gathering.
“That the Senate should strengthen its will and independence to performance oversight functions more effectively by avoiding areas of compromise with MDAs.”
The Senate also resolved that laws relating to security should be strengthened, while the government should increase its logistic support for Borno and other states facing the security challenges.
It said, “The war on corruption should be intensified from all quarters.
“That a witness protection law be enacted to encourage citizens to volunteer useful information about perpetrators of insecurity.”
The lawmakers also resolved that the Federal Government should enhance bilateral and multilateral networking in curbing terrorism, adding that employment opportunities should be created to reduce poverty and inequality.
They called for the independence of local governments through the process constitution review.
The resolution also included the call for government at all levels to support communities affected by environmental degradation through the effective deployment and use of ecological fund.
Speaking after the retreat, the President of the Senate, David Mark, said the issue of licensing preachers would discourage preaching that would create insecurity. He added that Boko Haram was the fallout of religious fundamentalism.