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Declaring bandits terrorists, long overdue, says ACF

Posted by on November 28, 2021 0


The pan-northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, has commended the declaration of bandits as terrorists, saying it is long overdue.

The Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo had declared bandits as terrorists on Friday.

This was at variance with the stance of a popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who kicked against the court order, saying that the declaration won’t change anything.

Gumi had said, “I think the Federal Government has succumbed to media blackmail by a section of the country. It will not have any practical value because even before the declaration they are being fought and treated as terrorists.

“So, it’s just a nomenclature which I believe will not change the dynamics on ground. If you can remember, IPOB was also declared a terrorist organization; the declaration was even backed by the order of the Court but as you can see even the international community did not recognise FG’s declaration of IPOB. So it has failed to be effective or to achieve the desired results.”

During a debate at both chambers of the national assembly on the need to designate bandits as terrorists, the ACF supported the call to declare bandits as terrorists.

In an interview with Sunday PUNCH, the ACF spokesperson, Emmanuel Yawe, said that the order was a welcome development, noting that bandits had over the years made lives unbearable for the citizens.

He said, “The designation of bandits as terrorists is long overdue. How else do you designate a group that has been terrorising citizens for many years now?”

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