Legal Nigeria

Former AGF backs court over naming bandits terrorists

A former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, (SAN) has thrown its weight behind bandits being referred to as terrorists. A Federal High Court in Abuja last week outlawed the activities of some groups linked to banditry and declared their activities as acts of terrorism. Kayode said the Federal Government should go beyond this development to keep the country safe. He spoke in Abuja during the Rotary joint foundation dinner at the NAF Conference Centre.

Kayode, who was also a former Minister of State for Defence, described the killings and kidnappings in the country as embarrassing. He urged the government to employ more hands to boost the security architecture, adding that the private sector should be involved to help the government fund security. “There are supposed to be institutions, organizations that will support the government in all areas. The issue of banditry is temporary. We are going to get over it.

“If government wants to achieve something and they have something holding them back, you need to understand sometimes that the government has issues they do not want to make public. Some of us are aware that some of the equipment we have that we paid a lot of money for cannot be used against some set of people in certain circumstances.