‘Boko Haram abducted Greenfield University students, not bandits’ – Sheikh Gumi

Prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has revealed that the students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.

Recall that several students were abducted on April 18, when some gunmen attacked the school. The kidnappers have since killed five of the students and threatened to kill 17 of them still in captivity if a ransom of N100 million and 10 motorcycles are not delivered to them.

Commenting on the issue when he featured on a television programme yesterday, the cleric said Boko Haram insurgents are beginning to infiltrate bandit herders.

Gumi also called on the Kaduna state government to pay the ransom to secure the release of the abducted students, arguing that while N100 million is a huge sum of money, it is not too much to sacrifice for the lives of the students.

He added that the security agencies can go after the kidnappers and retrieve the money after the students have been freed.

The cleric further said he and Kaduna State governor,
Nasir el-Rufa’i, have discussed the issue but have “parallel views” on how to handle it.

The Kaduna State government, however, has over time maintained that it will not negotiate with bandits.

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