The Federal Government of Nigeria has officially declared bandit groups operating in any parts of the country as Terrorists.
The declaration is contained in the Federal Government’s Gazette proscribing their existence and restraining any person or group of persons from participating in activities of any of the groups.
The Official Gazette which was signed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN was released on Wednesday 5th January, 2022.
Dr Umar Gwandu, the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, made the disclosures in a statement in Abuja.
The AGF had on Tuesday announced during his appearance on the NTA programme “Good Morning Nigeria”, that the Gazette will be out soon.
The Gazette, titled, Terrorism Prevention Act gives effect to a Federal High Court ruling on 25 November 2021, declaring bandits as terrorists.
It specifically cites the activities of Yan Bindiga, Yan Ta’adda and other bandit gangs in Nigeria and declares their actions to be terrorism.
“Consequently”, the Gazette says, ” 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 … will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention)Act 2011 and liable to prosecution “.