Members of the House of Representatives have backed the Nigerian senate on requires President Buhari to designate bandits finishing up assaults in varied Northern states as terrorists.
This was adopted after Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson moved a movement of pressing public significance titled, ‘Declaration of Bandits and their Sponsors as Terrorists’ on the plenary on Thursday September 30.
“The Senate, on Wednesday, twenty ninth September, 2021, adopted a movement asking President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits ravaging the northern a part of the nation terrorists and wage a complete struggle on them. They additionally requested that the president declare all recognized leaders of bandits wished and arrest them wherever they have been discovered for fast prosecution. Such declaration to be executed by a Proscription Order may be executed pursuant to Section 2 of the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011 (As Amended).
“I’ll wish to echo the identical sentiment and ask honourable colleagues to hitch the Senate in urging Mr President to declare bandits and their sponsors as terrorists. This will underline the willpower of presidency to fight the wave of criminality and murders carried out by bandits all around the nation.
“The declaration of bandits as terrorists can be done through a proscription order. That will serve as added impetus for our brave security personnel to redouble their efforts at dealing with this menace. Such declaration when given the force of law, will renew the vigour and resolve of our gallant security personnel in dealing with the menace of banditry as the mode of operations and rules of engagement will be scaled up accordingly.”
The lawmaker additionally added that designating bandits as terrorists will formally deliver the actions of bandits and their sponsors throughout the purview of the Terrorism Prevention Act, and folks related to such teams may be legally prosecuted and sentenced to penalties specified within the Act.
“Declaration of all bandits as terrorist might also encourage different nations to do identical and assist create a worldwide consensus round coping with transnational elements that feeds the home actions of such proscribed organisations and people.
“As beforehand noticed on this House, nobody motion generally is a silver bullet to fixing our insecurity in Nigeria. But a set of many efficient actions and techniques can deliver security. It is on this spirit that I converse right this moment.
“Insecurity in Nigeria requires an all-of-government approach. Hence, I also urge the President to implement the recommendations of the National Security Summit, which took place in June this year and was officially delivered to Mr President in July. All hands have to be on deck to be able to win this battle against insecurity in all its manifestations.”
The movement was unanimously adopted by voice vote. When the Speaker of the home, Femi Gbajabiamila requested for many who have been in opposition to the movement, the lawmakers chorused “No!”