Fed Govt set to announce order classifying gunmen as terrorists

Fed Govt set to announce order classifying gunmen as terrorists

The Federal Government is set to gazette the court order classifying bandits as terrorists, it was learnt yesterday.

The November 26, 2021 judgment by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has also become a critical factor in the deployment of Super Tucano aircraft in the fight against terrorists, kidnappers and bandits.

Also, the Attorney-General; and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said President Muhammadu Buhari would be guided by public interest while considering the request to release the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Malami spoke on the gazette and the request for Kanu’s release on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ show.

On the process of gazetting the order declaring bandits as terrorists, he said: “The gazetting of a court order or judgement is a process, but what matters fundamentally within the context of the international convention is the judicial declaration and that has been obtained; the court has declared bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers as terrorists.

“So, with or without the gazette, what gives effect to such a declaration is a judicial pronouncement but the gazette is a mere formality and it has been on and I believe within a matter of days, it will be concluded.”

The minister said the government acted promptly in declaring IPOB and Boko Haram as terror groups because of the “threats to lives and properties they have caused in the nation.”

He stressed: “Government has a responsibility to act, but within the context of acting, you are equally expected to operate within the confines of international best practices associated with engagement.

“One of such best practices is that you can only use maximum force on groups or individuals that are declared terrorists and that is where the application of the Terrorism Act comes in place.

“With that in mind, Nigeria acted, first by proscribing IPOB, taking into consideration the threats to lives and properties they have caused in the nation. Boko Haram was also proscribed.”

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