Nigeria toughens anti-terrorism laws

2010-10-18 07:33

Abuja - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday vowed to toughen anti-terrorism laws so that kidnappers and robbers had their property within and outside the country confiscated.

"I have directed the attorney-general of the federation to review the anti-terrorism bill before the National Assembly", a statement from his office quoted him as saying during a visit to eastern Imo State.

The review of the anti-terrorism law is aimed at meeting the current security challenges, the statement quoted him as saying.

"A kidnapper or robber for instance must not be allowed to own any property in and outside the country. Such property will be confiscated and handed over to government," he said.

His statement came a day after the nation's most known militant group Mend threatened a bomb attack was "imminent" in the capital Abuja, where twin car bombings killed 12 people on October 1, the anniversary of Nigeria's independence from Britain.

Jonathan said that Africa's most populous nation needed "strong legislation" saying: "No part of this country will be a sanctuary for criminals."

Jonathan said Nigeria would buy more helicopter gunships and distribute them to provinces to help combat crime.

States in southeastern region, including Imo, are notorious for serious acts of criminality and terrorism.