Malami Says FG Crush bandits

As Court declared bandits as terrorists…

Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said yesterday that the Federal Government is now poised to crush gunmen terrorizing the country following a court order declaring bandits as terrorists.

According to a report by The Nation News, Malami said the court order has strengthened government’s hands to come down heavily on terrorists in conformity with   international standards on  the rules of engagement with such elements.

But Islamic scholar,Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, dismissed the development as political.

The court decision, he said yesterday, would change nothing, the same way government’s previous  declaration  of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has not stopped the separatist organisation from its activities.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had declared bandits anywhere in the country as terrorists.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruling on an ex parte motion filed by the Federal Government, said  groups, such as Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda are nothing other than  terrorists.

Reacting to the court’s verdict, Malami said government would now  deal ruthlessly with all terrorists groups and their sponsors with a view to bringing a lasting solution to the nation’s security challenges.

“The development is a pointer to the commitment of the Federal Government to adhere to the international standards in respecting the rules of engagement in the fight against terrorism, separatists organisations, insurgency and banditry in the country,” he said in a statement through his media aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu.

Malami said his office  “in collaboration with relevant government agencies, including security operatives, are working assiduously to do the needful to take full advantage of this declaration.”

Government will gazette, publish and publicise the proscription order in due course, he added.

Read more on The Nation reactions that trailed the Court order which proscribed bandits nationwide as terrorists.

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