Nigeria: Anti-terrorism legislation advances through the Senate

On 29 April, the Senate approved on second reading the “Bill for an Act to provide for measures to combat terrorism and for related matters” and transferred it for further study to a Joint Commission, composed of the National Security and Intelligence Committee, the Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters Committee, and Foreign Affairs Committee.

The antiterrorism Bill includes a provision to criminalise omissions to prevent a terrorist act; authorises 48-hours detention without access to a lawyer; confers search powers without warrant and sweeping powers to the federal President to proscribe “international terrorist organisations”.

(h/t ICJ)

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