FG invites Gumi over statement on Bandits activities

FG invites Gumi over statement on Bandits activities

The federal government says Ahmad Gumi, the Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, has been invited for questioning over his comments on the activities of bandits in the country.
Mohammed Idris, minister of information and orientation, spoke on Monday while addressing journalists at the State House, Abuja.
In recent years, Gumi has gained prominence for his comments on the activities of bandits.
He has been pictured with some bandits on many occasions.
The cleric reportedly offered to dialogue with bandits who abducted students from the Government Secondary and LEA Primary schools, in the Kuriga community under Chikun LGA in Kaduna.
The bandits attacked the community on March 7 and took away 137 schoolchildren and a teacher.
On Sunday, Uba Sani, the governor of Kaduna, announced the release of the schoolchildren
The minister said the federal government did not pay ransom to secure the release of the Kuriga schoolchildren, adding there is a zero-tolerance policy towards negotiating with bandits.
Gumi also accused the federal government of framing up its enemies by tagging them as terrorism financiers in his reaction to the identities of 15 entities released by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) for alleged terrorism.
Some groups have also called on security agencies to arrest Gumi over what they described as the cleric’s alleged ties with terrorist groups.
Speaking on the development, the information minister said the security agencies will do their work if they feel that the statements made by Gumi are “reckless”.

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