Malami (file photo)
Nigeria’s Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has assured that the federal government would follow international standards in fighting banditry, terrorism, and other criminal activities in the country.
This followed Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court Abuja earlier ruling on Friday, which proscribed bandit groups as terrorists.
The verdict specifically pointed out that the activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups constitute acts of terrorism.
Before the ruling on Friday, the Federal Government had filed an ex parte motion through the Federal Ministry of Justice.
Malami in a statement by his media aide, by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, reiterated the Federal Government’s determination to crush banditry.
He said that the government’s commitment has remained unwavering following the recent court ruling that designated bandits’ groups as terrorists’ organisations.
According to him, the declaration is a demonstration of the determination of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and indeed the Federal Government in doing things in accordance with the rule of law.
“The development is a pointer to the commitment of the Federal Government to adhere to the international standards in respecting the rules of engagement in the fight against terrorism, separatists’ organisations, insurgency and banditry in the country,” Malami was quoted as saying.
By the declaration, Malami said that the Muhammadu Buhari administration had taken bold steps to deal ruthlessly with all terrorist groups and their sponsors to bring a lasting solution to the myriad of insecurity challenges in the country.