- The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has revealed what treatment should be given to kidnappers in the country
- According to the Minister of Justice, kidnappers should be handled with a tough hand and be treated as terrorists
- Malami noted further that henceforth, kidnappers who carried out violent acts in the country would be dealt with seriously in accordance with the rule of law
On Thursday, November 25, a federal high court in Abuja declared the activities of two bandit groups as acts of terrorism.
The ruling was pronounced following an ex-parte motion filed by Mohammed Abubakar, the director of public prosecution (DPP) at the ministry of justice.
Speaking on Wednesday, December 1, during a programme, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN said those who kidnap using force and arms will be treated within the ambit of the terrorism act, The Cable reported.
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“If you kidnap using force, using arms, you are qualified as a terrorist within the dictates and the determination of the judicial decision handed down by the court.
"Such acts are within the purview and ambit of the terrorism act” and the perpetrators “will be accordingly and decisively dealt with.”
The court order
The minister who was talking tough,when asked added that the order has been procured and obtained and the upublication wld be next.
On when the court order will be gazetted,
He added that:
“It is in the process of being gazetted but the order has been procured and obtained, it is being gazetted and the publication will follow suit thereafter.
“The gazette is a formal process and it doesn’t take away the legality and effectiveness of an order or perhaps a decision of the court.
“The decision of the court is effective, inherently in its own right, without necessarily awaiting the gazetting process.”
Insecurity: You must not rest, Buhari gives marching orders to Security Chiefs
Meanwhile, Legit.ng 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.