A group of bandits in the Niger State forests have listed their demands and condition for peace deal during a peace meeting with the popular Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmad Gumi.
Sheikh Gumi visited Tagina forest and met with bandits group leader, Dogo Gide and his fighters on Thursday, but the bandits reportedly did not allow their conversations recorded.
Gumi’s visit to Tagina forest came after kidnappers abducted about 42 persons, including students, staff and their families From the Government Science College Kagara in Niger State on Wednesday.
According to reports, the gunmen attacked the school around 2:00 am on Wednesday, beginning with sporadic gunshots that led to the sad killing of a student during the attack.
Gumi came under intense criticism last week after advocating for amnesty for the criminals carrying out kidnappings and banditry in the different parts of Northern Nigeria.
The Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello while reacting to the incident vowed never to negotiate with bandits.
Bello Reiterated, he would not have anything to do with hoodlums who have never kept to terms of agreement. He recalled, that he once reluctantly negotiated with bandits but never yielded any positive result.
“To be honest, even when the process of negotiation was being advised, I agreed to it. I have attended one meeting where the bandits were there and I cannot imagine myself as a governor and chief security officer of a state sitting down and negotiating with them,” Bello said.
The Nigeria Senate’s have also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the menace of insecurity bedeviling the country, insisting that the government must suspend normal constitutional procedures in order to regain control of the situation.