Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, said bandits declared terrorists, are members of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM.
Ortom therefore, called on the Federal Government to include the groups in the list of terrorists.
The governor made the call after the Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, outlawed the activities of groups linked to banditry and declared their activities as acts of terrorism.
The court had asked President Muhammadu Buhari-led’s administration to publish the proscription order in the official gazette and two national dailies.
However, Ortom while speaking at the wedding between Barristers Agatha Msurshima Tyokyaa and Uhamber Bamber on Friday, said the bandits being mentioned are mostly from Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, MACBAN, and FUNAM and so they should be designated as terrorist groups as well.
He also commended the Federal Government for considering the option of designating bandits as terrorists.
He said: “I want to commend the Federal Government for being bold to designate bandits as terrorists. But I call on the Federal Government to include Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM in the category of terrorists because those bandits are their members.”