Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for declaring bandits as terrorists in the country.
Having commended the government for the bold act, Ortom charged the Federal Government to also include Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM on the list of terrorist groups in Nigeria.
According to the governor, most bandit terrorists arrested are brewed from the Fulani organizations, hence they should be declared bandits.
It has been understood that Ortom made the assertion on Friday, in Makurdi at the wedding between Barristers Agatha Msurshima Tyokyaa and Uhamber Bamber.
“I want to commend the Federal Government for being bold to designate bandits as terrorists. But I call on the government to also include Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM in the category of terrorists because those bandits are their members,” Governor Ortom said.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said anyone who kidnaps innocent citizens for ransom is qualified as an insurgent.
Malami, while speaking in an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday night, said apart from bandits, kidnappers can also be termed as terrorists following a recent court judgement.
It has been reported that Malami was reacting to Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja’s declaration last week Thursday.
Taiwo had declared the activities of bandits in the country as acts of terrorism. The judge specifically declared Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups as terrorist groups following their nefarious activities in the North.
Speaking on the proscription of bandits, Malami noted that the court ruling had been gazetted and would soon be published as directed by the court.
The minister also disclosed that all the relevant security agencies had been notified of the court judgment.
He said, “It is in the process of being gazetted but the order has been procured and obtained. It is being gazetted and publication will come up very soon.
If you kidnap using force, using arms, you are qualified as a terrorist within the dictates and determination and the judicial decision done by the court. You have come within the purview and ambit of the Terrorism Act and you will be accordingly and decisively dealt with.”