Procedures For proscribing An Organization
The former special adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on public affairs has listed the procedure for declaring an organization or person a terrorist.
Okupe on his Facebook page on Tuesday, September 19, posted procedure stipulated on Section 2 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011.
His post followed a case made for Fulani herdsmen by the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu.
Shehu, while speaking on federal government's decision to proscribe the pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra led by Nnamdi Kanu said, Fulani herdsmen are just criminal gang. But in his social media message, Okupe said:
(1) Where two or more persons associate for the purpose of, or where an organization engages in:
a. Participating or collaborating in an act of terrorism
b. Promoting, encouraging or exhorting others to commit an act of terrorism; or
c. Setting up or pursuing acts of terrorism, the judge in chambers may on an application made by the Attorney General, National Security Adviser or Inspector General of Police on the approval of the President, declare any entity to be a proscribed organization and the notice should be published in the official gazette.
(2) An order made under subsection (1) of this section shall be published in the official gazette, in two national newspapers and at such other places as the judge in chambers may determine.