Federal Government formally declares bandit groups as terrorists

Written by on January 6, 2022

The Federal Government has formally declared bandit groups operating in the country as terrorists.

The declaration is contained in the Federal Governments Gazette proscribing their existence and restraining any person or group of persons from participating in activities of bandit groups.

News of the move comes after Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on November 25, 2021, had granted an ex parte application by the Federal Government for Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda to be declared as terrorists.

In the gazette, the Federal Government said, “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”.

Based on the declaration, the Federal Government warned against participating in the activities of bandit groups will be prosecuted.

Ango Bally           


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