Kidnapping: Sheikh Gumi asks FG to give bandits ‘blanket amnesty’

Kidnapping: Sheikh Gumi asks FG to give bandits ‘blanket amnesty’

- Sheikh Gumi has advised the Nigerian government on how to address the attacks/abductions by bandits

- The Islamic scholar called on the FG to give amnesty to the bandits who are willing to repent

- Gumi offered the advice following his visit to the camp of some bandits in Niger state

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Sheikh Gumi, a popular Islamic scholar, has asked the federal government to give bandits who are willing to make peace a ‘blanket amnesty’, Channels TV reported.

The newspaper reported that Gumi noted that the move is important if the current security situation in the country must be tackled. gathers that the Islamic scholar stated this on Friday, February 19, while addressing journalists in Minna, Niger state capital.

Kidnapping: Sheikh Gumi asks FG to give bandits ‘blanket amnesty’
Sheikh Gumi advised the FG to give bandits willing to make peace ‘blanket amnesty’. Photo source: Punch Newspapers
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The Islamic scholar spoke after visiting the camp of some bandits operating in the state.

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According to him, some of the bandits' complaints are that they were being killed unjustly by the security forces.

Regarding the Kagara abduction, he said there is a positive response from the bandits who are holding the school students and some staff members.

He, however, did not state if and when the students will be released.

Troops spot kidnapped students, workers in Niger forest

Meanwhile, the security team dispatched from Abuja to Niger state for the rescue of Kagara students and workers has located the captives in the recesses of a forest.

This was confirmed by a security agent who spoke on the condition of anonymity on Thursday, February 18.

The security agent said the kidnappers have been surrounded and cornered in Kotonkoro forest of Niger, which is very close to Zamfara.

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In another report, the gang leader who led the Kankara abduction in Katsina in December 2020, Auwal Daudawa, has revealed why he plotted the attack.

Daudawa confessed that the gang launched the attack because Governor Bello Matawalle dared his colleagues.

The repentant bandit said Governor Matawalle had vowed that he would never dialogue with criminals, so it was vital for them to shock him with their capacity for violence.


Nurudeen Lawal is a journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_


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