“Sheikh Gumi knows location of bandits” – Nigerians react as cleric visits Kagara abductors

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Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s Thursday meeting with abductors of the 27 Kagara students inside Tegina forest bordering Niger State and Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State is currently setting tongues wagging on social media.

Recall that 42 students, staff and family were kidnapped by armed bandits early Wednesday at Government Science College (GSC), Kagara in Rafi local government area.

Later in the day, Sheikh Gumi arrived the state, met Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello and vowed to pay a visit to Kagara, where the students were abducted.

On Thursday, Sheikh Gumi met bandit group leader, Dogo Gide and his fighters for talks, during which the group reportedly laid down conditions for peace.

However, the bandits reportedly refused to have their conversations recorded.

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Recall that the popular cleric earlier visited bandit leaders in Zamfara State, and afterwards advocated amnesty for the bandits.

The demand led to mixed reactions. while Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and groups like Afenifere and Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) opposed it, the Zamfara State Government said it would continue negotiating with bandits to bring lasting peace to the state.

As photos of Sheikh’s latest meeting with the bandits circulated, Nigerians took to social media to react.

Read reactions monitored by this reporter:

 

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