A court order labeling bandits as terrorists has been confirmed by the federal government.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, confirmed the confirmation yesterday, December 1, during an interview on Channels Television.
He revealed that a court order had been sought and obtained, and that it would be published soon.
In response to the claim that it took too long to declare them terrorists, Malami explained that the government needed to address issues as they arose because the challenge was evolving.
When asked how the bandits should be described, Malami replied: “Terrorists are involved. Terrorists within the context of the court’s ruling.”
He added: “With or without the gazette. The gazette is a formal process and it doesn’t take away the legality and effectiveness or the legality of an order of the court.
“The decision of the court is effective simplicity inherently in its own right without necessarily awaiting the gazetting process, but the gazetting process is part of what is associated with the formality of it.
“So, in effect, with the pronouncement of the court, the incidence of the effect associated with the judgment had taken automatic effect.”
He affirmed that they are now to be treated as terrorists and all the security agencies have the information on the new status.