Court Grants Application to Declare Bandits Terrorists
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami(SAN) has said that the Federal Government’s determination remains unwavering now that court has granted application filed by his office to declare bandits as terrorists, accroding to his media aide, Dr. Umar Jubrilu Gwandu in a statement on Friday.
He stated that the declaration is a demonstration of the determination of the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and indeed the Federal Government in doing things according to the rule of law.
The statement partly read, “The development is a pointer to the commitment of the Federal Government to adhere to the international standards in respecting the rule of engagement in the fight against terrorism, separatists organisations,insurgency and banditry in the country.”
“The government will gazzet, publish and publicise the proscription order,” the statement added.
This comes after hue and cry from different quarters that President Buhari should declare bandits as terrorists.
National Assembly Calls
On September 29, the Senate asked President Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, declare bandits as terrorists and wage a total war against them.
The lawmakers also urged the president to immediately declare all known leadership of the bandits wanted, and track them wherever they are for arrest and prosecution.
They told the president to order the military “to eliminate them by bombing their hideouts.”
These are some of the resolutions taken by lawmakers after a deliberation on a motion on the activities of bandits in Sokoto State – sponsored by Ibrahim Gobir (APC, Sokoto East).
Barely 24 hours after, the House of Representatives also urged the President to do same.
The chairman, House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, at plenary, moved a motion of urgent public importance, asking the federal government to urgently declare the bandits terrorists.
Moving the motion, titled “Declaration of Bandits and their Sponsors as Terrorists”, Benson said making such an order against the bandits and their sponsors would aid their prosecution.
Also, the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria in October while in Katsina lamented the deteriorating state of security in the country, therefore urged President Buhari to declare banditry and kidnapping as acts of terrorism.
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari and his Kaduna counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai had also urged the government to declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security and declare bandits as terrorists.
Meanwhile,the Nigerian government has said the need to follow due process was responsible for the delay in declaring bandits as terrorists.