Court docket proscribes bandit groups, declares them terrorists

A federal significant courtroom in Abuja has declared the pursuits of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit teams as functions of terrorism.

Taiwo Taiwo, presiding choose, gave the order on an ex parte movement filed by the federal govt.

Mohammed Abubakar, director of public prosecution (DPP) at the federal ministry of justice, who submitted the motion ex-parte, said President Muhammadu Buhari gave acceptance for his action, of which goal is the proscription of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda teams and other terrorist teams in the state.

In its supporting affidavits, the federal federal government reported security reports have verified that the bandit teams were being liable for the killings, abductions, rapes, kidnappings and similar acts of criminality in the north-east, north-central and other parts of the country.

It alleged that the team is accountable for the expanding cases of “banditry, incessant kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for relationship, mass abductions of school young children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, critical deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, compelled being pregnant, other sorts of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters and wanton destruction of lives and attributes in Nigeria, significantly in the Northwest and Northcentral states in Nigeria are becoming carried out by Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups and other teams connected with or engaged in the exact or related pursuits as Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups in Nigeria.”

“The activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda teams and other equivalent groups represent functions of terrorism that can lead to a breakdown of general public order and protection and is a danger to countrywide security and the company existence of Nigeria,” the federal government additional.

Providing ruling on Thursday, the court docket particularly declared the routines of the “Yan Bindiga group” and the “Yan Ta’adda group” and other similar groups in any portion of the nation, particularly in the north-west and the north-central as “acts of terrorism and illegality”.

The court proscribed the activities of the team as properly as other identical teams in any section of Nigeria, “either in teams or as people by whatsoever names they are called”.

The choose also manufactured an order restraining “any man or woman or group of individuals from collaborating in any manner whatsoever, in any variety of actions involving or about the prosecution of the collective intention or or else of the Yan Bindiga group and the Yan Ta’adda group under any other title or platform having said that termed or described”.

The courtroom questioned the federal authorities to publish the proscription purchase in the formal gazette and two nationwide dailies.