Port Harcourt – Mr Charles Inko-Tariah, Rivers Coordinator, National Neighbourhood Watch Project, on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to amend the anti-terrorism Act to accommodate death sentence.
Inko-Tariah, who made the call while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, said that more than one million people had been killed by Boko Haram terrorist group in North-East region.
He said that thousands of youths died in the South- South during the days of militancy, adding that the development had created generation gap.
“We call for the review and amendment of the anti- terrorism act to accommodate proper terminal punishment for terror offenders and their sponsors to serve as deterrent to future offenders,’’ he said.
The coordinator also urged the government to establish special terrorist court with special mandate to ensure accelerated hearing to determine the fate of terror suspects within a short time.
According to him, the establishment of the court will help to decongest the prisons, military and police detention facilities and guard against jail break.
Inko-Tariah urged the Federal Government to properly investigate the Sambo Dasuki led arms deal and punish all those implicated.
“We support this administration’s drive to mop all the stolen funds from the previous administration to fund people-oriented projects,’’ he said.
He advised any section of the federation that had grievances against the federal government to channel such grievances through the appropriate authority, instead of embarking on violence.
He noted that Nigeria had lost many people due to violence, saying that his group was concerned with the continuous co-existence of Nigerians. (NAN)