- Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation has given reasons why bandits are not yet declared as terrorists
- According to the minister of Justice, the government wanted to do the right thing by following due process
- Meanwhile, he said his office was in the process of gazetting a court judgement that ordered the government to declare bandits as terrorists
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has claimed that the Muhammadu Buhari administration did not declare bandits because it wanted to follow due process and international best practices.
Malami disclosed this on Tuesday, January 4, as a guest on NTA Good Morning Nigeria Show.
However, he disclosed that his office was in the process of gazetting a court judgement that ordered the government to declare bandits as terrorists, adding that the process would be concluded in a matter of days, Punch Newspaper added.
Recall that there has been clamour by many Nigerians including socio-political groups that bandits should be declared as terrorists like the bloodthirsty Boko Haram insurgent group.
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In fact, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on November 26, 2021, had granted an ex parte application by the federal government for Yan Bindiga (Hausa word for gunmen) and Yan Ta’adda (Hausa word for terrorists) to be declared as terrorists.
Real reason Buhari would not sign new electoral law, AGF Malami
In a related development, Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), has given reasons why President Buhari, would not sign the new electoral law.
The minister of justice insists the law has not captured the interest of all Nigerians.
Malami disclosed this in a phone-in program on Radio Kano while responding to questions on Sunday, December 26.
Tension in Kaduna as bandits attack community, abduct women, young ladies
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that an attack in Angwar Zalla Udawa in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state has left one person killed and about 18 others abducted.
Those abducted by the bandits who stormed the village along Kaduna-Gwari Highway at about 12.30 am on Sunday, January 2, including women.
Confirming the attack, the leader of the community, Mohammed Umaru, identified the person who was killed by the bandits as Bala Jaja.
He said that the bandits succeeded in taking away lots of married women, adults and young ladies as their abductees.
Fear Grips Residents As Bandits Abduct Police Officers Wife, 5 Others in Kaduna
Bandits operating in Kaduna state have struck again by invading homes in the Wusasa community in Zaria.
The bandits were said to have conducted a house to house tour kidnapping the wife of a police officer resident in the community.
Five other residents of the community were also taken away by the bandits who carried out the operation on Christmas night.