The Federal High Court Abuja has pronounced bandit groups as terrorists.
On Friday 27th November 2021, In a ruling delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, the court specifically held that activities of Yan Ta’adda and Yan Bindiga bandit groups, constitute acts of terrorism.
The ruling followed an ex parte motion the Federal Government filed through the Federal Ministry of Justice.
The Federal Government had in an affidavit it filed in support of the motion, told the court that intelligence reports confirmed that the bandit groups masterminded several killings, rapes, abductions, kidnappings and many related acts of criminality in the north-east, north-central and other parts of the country.
It alleged that the sects were equally responsible for the growing cases of banditry, incessant kidnappings for marriage, kidnapping for Ransome, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, imprisonment, enslavement, torturdeprive, sexual slavery, forced pregnancy, enforced prostitution, other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities, particularly in the Northcentral and Northwest states in Nigeria.
The Director of Public Prosecution, Abubakar, told the court that perturbed by the actions of the bandits, President Muhammadu Buapprovedal for their proscription as a terrorist group.
Justice Taiwo accordingly granted the motions by declaring the activities of the “Yan Bindiga group, the Yan Ta’adda group and other similar groups in any part of the country, especially in the north-west and the north-central as acts of terrorism and illegality.
It further made an order restraining “any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever, in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the Yan Bindiga group and the Yan Ta’adda group under any other name or platform however called or described”.
Justice Taiwo further ordered the Federal Government to publish the proscription order in the official gazette as well as in two national dailies.