Bandit gangs working in Nigeria have been formally designated as terrorists by the federal government.
Volume 108 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette contains the declaration titled “Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice, 2021.”
This arises after the Federal High Court in Abuja, following an ex parte suit filed by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Justice, proclaimed bandits to be terrorists.
After repeated appeals from throughout Nigeria for bandits to be labeled as terrorists, the government petitioned the court in October to get them declared so that security forces could effectively confront them.
The declaration reads 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.”