The National Assembly on Thursday the 21st of October 2021, said it would next week transmit its resolution, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists, to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) as a statement of fact.The Senate had, on September 29, passed a resolution, urging president Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists and wage a total war against them totally.

They had also asked the President to give orders to the military to eliminate them by bombing their hideouts, spuradic shootings and total blackout. The resolutions followed a move forward and push by Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC, Sokoto), who muttered that Sokoto East Senatorial District has now become a safe living sted for bandits, following a crackdown on them by the military in Zamfara state.The following day, the House of Representatives passed the same resolution, following a motion by Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos). Benson, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Defence, said declaring bandits as terrorists would facilitate their prosecution under the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011 (As Amended).

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“Such an order will officially bring the activities of bandits and their sponsors within the purview of the Terrorism Prevention Act. And any person associated with such groups can then be prosecuted and sentenced to penalties in the Act,” he said.Speaking on responding to accurately to Daily Trust enquiry, National Assembly’s Director of Information, Rawlings Agada, said, “The transmission of the resolution is come to it’s final stage of the Clerk to the National Assembly’s approval to go to the SGF’s office, which means after it’s approval it will be set to go.“Hopefully between today (Friday) and Monday next week, it should be in the SGF’s office.”

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