No School Safe Until Govt Negotiates With Bandits , Says Gumi

Popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, has called on the government of Nigeria to negotiate with the Bandits as the only option left to curtail further kidnapping of students.

Gumi, In an interview with The PUNCH on efforts to rescue the kidnapped pupils of Tegina Islamic School, Niger State, added that the bandits kidnapping school pupils were disappointed that he negotiated with them without the involvement of the Federal Government.

The Islamic cleric insisted that until the government engaged with the herdsmen, no school could be safe.

The bandits had demanded N200m from the victims’ parents, but was later reduced to N150m. Gumi said despite efforts to get the pupils out, the bandits were adamant in their financial demand.

Gumi said the Niger State Government had been making efforts to get the children released, adding that the state had limited resources.


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