- The shoot-on-sight order of President Muhammadu Buhari is hindering the release of Kaduna students in captivity
- This was the view of Sheik Ahmad Gumi on Thursday, March 25
- Gumi told journalists that bandits he spoke with seem not to trust anyone during negotiations after the order was given
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Sheik Ahmad Gumi has revealed why the kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Kaduna, are yet to be released.
In his conversation with Daily Trust on Thursday, March 25, Gumi revealed that there is serious apprehension now among the bandits following the federal government's shoot-on-sight order.
The Muslim scholar said the criminals are very suspicious of anyone they come in contact with as they fear that such persons might be working for the government.
He further disclosed that the bandits he met recently in one of his peace talks in the bush told him they know the leader of the gang that abducted the students but that efforts to reach him especially since after the order was given have proven abortive.
“Presently, our ability has reached the extent that we can identify who is involved in any criminal act. We have identified the leader of those who took the students but he has never attended any peace meeting with us.
“Those groups we met identified him but we could not reach out to him because of the security implication since the government gave shoot-on-sight order and then the government said no negotiation. So, I don’t want us to go into the bush and the government will think we are encouraging them.”
As a suggestion, the Sheik called on the government to relax and allow him and his team to soften these bandits into submission and repentance through negotiation.
“What I think is for the government to just relax and allow us to follow these people to teach them how to behave, admonish them and then negotiate so that they stop this thing."
Meanwhile, parents of the abducted students had expressed worry over the refusal of the bandits to release the victims.
The anxious parents had met some prominent Nigerians to help them prevail on Governor Nasir El-Rufai to step up efforts to rescue the students.