Nigeria labels bandit groups as “terrorists” to curb violence | International News

The official bulletin refers to a criminal group that commits crimes such as mass kidnapping of students, kidnapping for extortion, stealing cattle, and destroying property.

Nigeria branded local criminal groups called bandits Mass kidnapping of school children As a “terrorist organization”, this name aims to deter Increasing insecurity in the north.

The northwest and north-central states of the country have long suffered from violent incidents caused by disputes over land and resource acquisition. The heavily armed groups used the lack of effective police force to launch attacks, looting villages, stealing cattle and kidnapping for ransom.

But violence has recently become more widespread, putting pressure on the federal government — which has been fighting Boko Haram and its branches in the northeast for more than a decade — and more measures are needed to stop the attack.

In Wednesday’s official communiqué, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government labeled Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda’s activities as “terrorist and illegal acts “—In Hausa, a bandit gunner.

“I think the only language they understand-we have had thorough discussions with law enforcement agencies; the chief of security, the police inspector general-will hunt them down,” Buhari told Channel TV on Wednesday, according to its website.

“We label them terrorists… we will treat them like this.”

The official bulletin mentioned criminal groups that carried out mass kidnapping of students, kidnapping for extortion, stealing cattle, and destroying property.

This definition will mean stricter sanctions against suspected bandit gunners and their informants and supporters (such as those who have been caught providing them with fuel and food) under the Terrorism Prevention Act.

The Nigeria Daily newspaper often reports stories of bandits attacking villages and communities, where they steal cattle, kidnap families and terrorize residents.

The security forces announced a strike, including air strikes and shutting down telecommunications in parts of the northwestern part of the country, in an attempt to drive criminal gangs away from their forest hideout.

On Tuesday, the police announced that they had rescued nearly 100 abducted victims in two raids on a robber camp in the northwestern part of Zamfara State.

Last year, bandit groups made international headlines with a series of high-profile attacks on schools and universities to kidnap dozens of students for ransom. Some of these students are still being held.

The criminal group behind the kidnapping does not seem to be motivated by ideology, but out of economic interest. According to a report, between June 2011 and March 2020, at least US$18 million was paid as a ransom to the kidnappers (PDF) By SB Morgan.

Bandit violence in Nigeria stems from conflicts between nomads and settled farmers over land and resources. But the tit-for-tat attacks over the years have evolved into broader criminal activities.