Malami: FG determined to crush banditry

Malami: FG determined to crush banditry

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, has stated the Federal Government’s determination to crush banditry remains unwavering with a court declaring bandit groups as terrorists.

Malami made the announcement in a statement issued by Dr Umar Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations on Friday, November 26, in Abuja.

“Now that the court has granted the application filed by my office declaring bandit groups as terrorist organisations, it shows the determination of my office 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 international standards; in respecting the rules of engagement in the fight against terrorism; separatist organisations, insurgency and also banditry in the country,” said Malami.

He also added that by the declaration the Federal Government had taken a bold step; to deal ruthlessly with all terrorist groups and their sponsors.

“This is in an effort to bring a lasting solution to the myriad of security challenges in the country.

”My office in collaboration with relevant government agencies; including security operatives, are working assiduously to do the needful; to take full advantage of this declaration.

“The government will gazette and publish the proscription order,” Malami stated.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has again directed security agencies; to urgently address the resurgence of kidnapping; and other crimes on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway and on other roads across the country.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said the president gave the directive; while presiding over the meeting of the National Security Council, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, November 25.

Aregbesola, who addressed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting; said the police and other security agencies had been mobilised; to intensify surveillance and patrols in pursuit of the criminals.

“Abuja-Kaduna belt was discussed specifically, but we appreciated the fact that we are in the season of festivity.

“All agencies committed to providing security for Nigeria and the maintenance of law and order have been ordered to improve on their activities.

“They have also been ordered to intensify surveillance and minimise; if not eliminate any threat to law and order anywhere in Nigeria,’’ the minister said.

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