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Kidnappers are now considered terrorists – Malami

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said kidnappers just like bandits have also been declared as terrorists.

WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had declared activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups as acts of terrorism.

The ruling had followed an ex parte motion filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mohammed Abubakar.

Malami said the recent court declaration had been gazetted and would soon be published. He also disclosed that all the relevant security agencies had been notified.

He made this known while appearing on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television on Wednesday.

“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,” Malami partly said.

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