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Commonwealth slams Kenya, Nigeria terror

03 October 2013, 11:08 Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The Conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers has condemned the recent surge in terror attacks in Kenya and Nigeria.

The conference passed a resolution reproving the massacre of people at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya and that of College of Agriculture in Gujba, Yobe State, Nigeria by suspected terrorists.

More than 60 people lost their lives during the mall attack while about 50 students were killed at the agriculture college.

“The Conference of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers recalls that the dignity and sanctity of human lives as well as the imperatives of combating terrorism has always been high on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association agenda, and accordingly condemns this barbaric terrorist attacks on the peace loving peoples of the Republics of Kenya and Nigeria,” a resolution read.

The Conference called on Commonwealth Parliaments which were yet to adopt or domesticate the United Nations Conventions on Terrorism, particularly the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism to urgently do so.

The Speakers and Presiding Officers also called on states organising, instigating, abetting or participating in terrorist acts to refrain from such acts and adopt measures against transnational organised crimes.

The terror in Nigeria is perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect while the problems in Kenya have been blamed on the Al Shabaab sect, which claimed responsibility of the mall bombings.

– CAJ News


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