By Kenneth Ehigiator & Tordue Salem

ABUJA—The House of Representatives yesterday summoned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe to brief it on the circumstances around the conviction of terror suspect on the United States, Faruk  Mutallab.

Besides, the Green Chamber has set up a joint-committee of Foreign Affairs, Diaspora Affairs, Justice and Internal Security to review the pockets of acts of terror in the country as it relates to the recent listing of
Nigeria as prone to terror and report back in two weeks.

The House passed its resolutions after a debate on a bill for “Prevention of Terrorism”  forwarded to it by the Presidency in October .

The debate comes on the heels of an alleged attempt by a 23-year-old Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up an American aircraft on last year’s Christmas Day.

The House Bill was read the first time in plenary on Wednesday.
Members of the Green Chamber had unanimously agreed that a motion on the alleged attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound American airliner by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab be raised as a matter of urgent National importance today, (Thursday).

The sponsor of the motion, Rep. Halims Agoda (PDP/Ethiope-Delta State) who moves the motion yesterday, as a matter of urgent national importance said since the allegation came up on 25 December 2009, a lot of things had happened, including the inclusion of Nigeria as one of the terrorist countries in the world.

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