Kagara students abduction: Sheikh Gumi seeks ‘blanket amnesty’ for bandits

Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has appealed to the Federal Government to give “blanket amnesty’” to the bandits that abducted some students and staff of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

The bandits had on Wednesday abducted 27 students and 17 staff of Government Science College Kagara, killing one of the students during their attack.

Gumi led delegations to meet with the leader of the bandits, Dogo Giade and other top commanders, after arriving Minna on Thursday.

The cleric have been visiting bandits camps in Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara States, appealing to them to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue.

Recall that Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai had criticised Gumi’s approach, arguing that bandits that are used to collecting millions as ransom would not surrender.

The Niger State government had ruled-out any payment of any ransom to secure freedom of the kidnappers, but said it would enter a dialogue and had sent a strong delegation.

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