Kagara: Gumi Briefs Niger Gov. After Meeting With Bandits, Says Kidnappers Ready For Negotiation


News Investigators/ The Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has said that the kidnappers of Students and some staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State are ready for dialogue, indicating their willingness to release their captives.

Gumi in a televised interview disclosed that he met with the bandits on Thursday at Tagina forest in Niger State

According to him, the bandits have complaints and grievances they are willing to table before the authorities. It was however not clear what the grievances are.

Recall that some students and staff of Kagara were kidnapped on Wednesday when bandits stormed the school. A student was also reportedly killed by the bandits during the attack.

Mr. Gumi who briefed the Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello on Friday also assured reporters the outcome was positive.

He was said to have assured the Niger State government that the captives would be released.

“The outcome is very positive because if you have warring factions and each faction says that I have complaints and grievances which are very simple, I think there is hope,” Mr. Gumi also told journalists.

The bandits were led by their leader, Dogo Gide and Gumi had appealed to them to give peace a chance.

The government, it was further learnt, had also sent a strong delegation to dialogue with the bandits.


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