After several carnage, lives lost, properties looted and damaged, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on the approval of the president, on Thursday, 25th November 2021, tagged the activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups as acts of terrorism.
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Justice Taiwo Taiwo, the presiding judge in the High Court, gave the order on an ex parte motion which was filed by the federal government which reads in parts;
“The activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups and other similar groups constitute acts of terrorism that can lead to a breakdown of public order and safety and is a threat to national security and the corporate existence of Nigeria,”
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It was on this note that Justice Taiwo Taiwo while delivering ruling on Thursday November 25, proscribed the activities of other similar groups or individual in any part of the country by whatever names they are called as Terrorists.
The judge also 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”.
Before the ruling, the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda group and other groups associated with or engaged in the same or similar activities as Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups in Nigeria.” have been allegedly linked to the kidnaping, mass abduction of school children, growing cases of “banditry, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters, destruction of lives and properties in Nigeria, that has happened in Nigeria, particularly in the Northwest and Northcentral states of the nation.
The call to declare bandits as terrorists which made by the senate, house of reps, state government has been made over time and finally the president has answered.
The court asked the federal government to publish the proscription order in the official gazette and two national dailies.