Popular Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has revealed that the armed bandits he met in Niger State, last week, claim they do not have any information about the abduction of some Students and Staff of Government Science College, GSC, in Kagara, Niger State.
According to a report by Thisday newspaper, the Islamic Cleric said that his meeting with the Leaders of the gang of bandits, was only a peace move, and had nothing to do with the abduction.
Gumi added that the peace move had been planned before now, and that the abduction of the Students and Staff was probably to show the rejection by some splinter groups, to the peace mission.
The report quoted Gumi, saying: “I am not part of any negotiations. We just met some of these Militants (in Niger State), trying to dissuade them from their militancy.
“We asked them (the bandits) about what happened, and they said they knew the group that abducted the (the passengers of a) bus, and they said they would intercede and see that they are released.
“But for the (School) children, they said they did not know who did it, because it was too early for them to know. Those groups we met may be having problems with a splinter group.
“The people I met with are not the ones who abducted the Students, but the overall Commander of the group we met, promised that he would investigate (to know) those who abducted the children, and get them released.”
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