Court Finally Gives Verdict, Declares Bandits As Terrorists

Court Finally Gives Verdict, Declares Bandits As Terrorists

  • The Buhari-Osinbajo led administration has vowed to put an end to the act of terrorism in Nigeria as it bothers on the security of lives of the people
  • Following this development, the Federal High Court in Abuja has finally heeded the call of Nigerians by declaring acts of banditry as an act of terrorism
  • The judge announced specifically that activities of the Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Group and other similar groups in the country are now tagged as acts of terrorism

Abuja- A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday, November 26, has declared the activities of groups linked to acts of banditry and kidnapping as acts of terrorism.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo in a motion ex-parte argued by the Assistant Director, Public Prosecution from the Ministry of Justice, Aminu Kayode Alilu, specifically declared the activities of the “Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Group and other similar groups” in any part of the country, especially in the North West and North Central geo-political zones in the country as acts of terrorism and illegality.

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Voice of Nigeria reports that the Judge also proscribed all other groups in the country, irrespective of their names, but whose activities and objectives are similar to those of Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Group.

Finally, Federal High Court declares bandits as terrorists
Men of the Nigeria police force are seen outside the Federal High Court, during the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, in Abuja, Nigeria, on October 21, 2021. Photo credit: Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP
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Justice Taiwo said he was convinced that such orders were necessary in view of the nefarious activities of bandits and their effects on the nation’s life, particularly on the people and its economy.

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He noted that the activities of the groups include but are not limited to “Banditry, kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters and wanton destruction of lives and properties in Nigeria.”

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Insecurity: You must not rest, Buhari gives marching orders to security chiefs

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an immediate security response to the current insecurity across the country, occasioned by bandits and insurgents activities.

The Nigerian leader gave the marching orders on Thursday, November 25, after receiving briefs from all security chiefs, security agencies and intelligence organizations for security nationwide.

In another report, Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior made the disclosure at the end of the National Security Council (NSC) meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.


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