Abuja court declares bandit groups terrorists

abuja court declares bandit groups terrorists
abuja court declares bandit groups terrorists

The operations of the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit organisations have been declared terrorists by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal high court in Abuja.

Ex parte, the federal government moved to have the order entered by the presiding court.

President Muhammadu Buhari has given his permission for a ban on the terrorist organisations Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda, according to Mohammed Abubakar, director of public prosecution at the Federal Ministry of Justice.

To bolster its claims, the Federal government provided affidavits in which it stated security reports had established that bandit groups were responsible for the rape and kidnappings that had occurred in the north-central and northeastern regions of Nigeria.

Accused the group of “banditry, incessant kidnappings for ransoms, kidnappings for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement and imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy and other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters and willful destruction of lives and properties.”

According to the government’s ex parte motion, the actions of the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda organisations and similar groups constitute acts of terrorism that might lead to public order and safety breakdown and a threat to Nigeria’s national security and corporate life.”

“Yan Bindiga group” and “Yan Ta’adda group” and other similar groups in any area of Nigeria, notably in the north-west and north-central, have been designated by Justice Taiwo on Thursday November 25 as “acts of terrorism and illegality.”

“Either in groups or as individuals, by whatever names they are called,” the judge ruled that the activities of the organisation and other similar groups in any region of Nigeria were to be banned.

Any “any individual or group of persons from engaging in any fashion whatever, in any kind of activities involving or related to the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise, under any other name, platform, etc.” were also restraining orders issued by the judge in this case.

Official gazette and two national dailies have been ordered by federal courts to publish a proscription order.

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