Insecurity: FG finally discloses how Sheik Gumi offered to help end bandits’ attacks
- Babagana Monguno, the NSA, has spoken about the outcome of a meeting he had with Ahmad Gumi
- The security adviser played down suggestions of negotiating with bandits
- Gumi had called on the federal government to grant blanket amnesty to the bandits
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Babagana Monguno, the national security adviser (NSA), has confirmed that he met with Ahmad Gumi, an Islamic cleric with a view to tackling insecurity in the country.
The security adviser said the Islamic cleric has offered to help the government in tackling attacks by bandits.
Monguno made the disclosure at a briefing with journalists at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday, March 11, according to the presidency.
He said he is waiting to see how the cleric could help the government.
‘’Sheik Gumi is doing what he’s doing because he believes in what he’s doing. He’s a Nigerian and under the constitution he can talk to anybody. He can deal with anybody.
“I met with him when I went with the service chiefs to Kaduna, and we spoke generally during the meeting and he resolved to help government. We are waiting for him. That’s all I can say.”
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The NSA further declared that the federal government will not engage mercenaries in its fight against insurgents and other forms of insecurity in the country.
He said the government would not succumb to blackmail and the use of criminals by proxies to harass innocent citizens.
In another news, PM News has reported that an unspecified number of teachers and students of the National Institute of Construction Technology, Uromi, Edo state, have been kidnapped by gunmen.
According to the report, the gunmen stormed the institute on Wednesday night, March 10 and abducted the victims.
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The development is said to have heightened tension among residents in the area, as parents of the kidnapped victims have reportedly stormed the school premises.
Still on security, the Niger state government has ordered the closure of all public secondary schools in the state following the recent abduction of some students and the mounting security challenges.
This decision was reached after a meeting between the state government and officials from various security agencies, Daily Trust reported.
the state’s commissioner for education, Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu, said the schools will be closed for two weeks, starting from Friday, March 12 to Friday, March 26.
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