The Federal Government has finally succumbed to pressure and declared bandit groups operating in the country as terrorists.
The action came nearly two months after the Abuja Federal High Court declared the bandits terrorist, the Federal government refused to gazette the ruling until the international community gave the condition for using the Super Tucano purchased to fight to fight terrorism.
The declaration titled ‘Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice, 2021 is contained in Volume 108 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette.
It read in part;
“Notice is hereby given that by the Order of the Federal High Court Abuja, in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1370/2021 dated 25th November 2021 as per the schedule to this Notice, the Activities of Yan Bindiga Group, Yan Ta’adda Group and other similar groups in Nigeria are declared to be terrorism and illegal in any part of Nigeria, especially in the North West and North-Central Regions of Nigeria and are proscribed, pursuant to sections 1 and 2 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.
“Consequently 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 referred to in paragraph 1 of this Notice will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 and liable to prosecution.”
After repeated calls from Nigerians to designate the bandits as terrorist, the government approached the court to declare bandits as terrorists to enable security operatives to better combat them.