After pressure from concerned groups and Nigerians, the Federal Government finally declared bandits as terrorists.
It was gathered that the gazette which was made on November 25 was not revealed untill today, January 5..
The gazette proscribing bandit groups in the North as terrorists said bandits will now face trial under the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011.
The gazette reads in parts:
“Notice is hereby given that by the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1370/2021 dated 25th November, 2021 as per the schedule to this Notice and Activities of Yan Bindiga Group, Yan Ta`addan Group and other similar groups in Nigeria are declared to be terrorists and illegal in any part of Nigeria, especially in the North-West and North-Central regions of Nigeria and are proscribed pursuant to sections 1 and 2 of the same Terrorism( Prevention) Act 2011.
“Consequently, the general public is hereby warned that any person or group of persons participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intentions or otherwise of the groups referred to in paragraph 1 of this notice will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 and liable to prosecution.”
See the gazette below:
It could be recalled that federal a high court in Abuja presided by Taiwo Taiwo on an ex parte motion filed by the federal government declared activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups as acts of terrorism.
It was gathered that the motion was filled by Mohammed Abubakar, director of public prosecution (DPP) at the federal ministry of justice.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari gave approval for his action, of which objective is the proscription of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups and other t errorist groups in the country.