. Supporters To Get 10 Years Imprisonment
The Boko Haram sect and Minba Ansar Deen, another extremist group are both facing membership ban in the United Kingdom as the British Government is set to criminalize any form of support for the the Islamist groups.
Home Secretary, Theresa May has called for a ban to be imposed on the groups in accordance with terrorism laws, especially the Terrorism Act, 2000. The Home Office has disclosed that if the bid gets the approval of the Members of Parliament, the groups will be banned in the United Kingdom on Friday.
The Boko Haram sect has killed thousands of Nigerians in the last three years while the Minba Ansar Deen operates within the UK. According to the Home Office, Minba Ansar Deen operates mainly by encouraging people to travel out of the UK to engage in extremist activity, specifically fighting.
Once the ban takes effect, it becomes a criminal offence for anyone to support or become a member of the groups. Arranging meetings or wearing clothing in their support will also become a criminal offence for which violators would be liable to fines of up to 5,000 pounds or 10 years imprisonment. With the ban, the police will also be free to tackle any UK based support for the terrorist groups. The Boko Haram sect was recently banned by Nigeria’s Federal Government
Al-Quaeda, al-Shabaab and 47 other terrorist organizations have been banned under the United Kingdom’s terrorism laws.