Sheik Gumihas revealed that bandits are not responsible for the abduction of Greenfield University students.
According to the Islamic clergy, Â Boko Haram members are the ones behind the abduction of the students on April 18.
Recall that 22 students and a teacher was abducted from the tertiary school by unknown gunmen after storming the school in Kaduna.
Some of the students have been killed by the gunmen, while others might be killed if the abductors are not paid ransom for their release.In an interview with Hausa Service of the Voice of America, one of the abductors threatened to kill more students if the ransom for their release are not paid by the government.
Speaking to AIT, Sheik Gumi said Boko Haram members were behind the abduction and not bandits.
“Yes, really because when we tried to trace them and put some sense into them, the contact who is also a Normadic Fulani, they threatened him. They said if he insists on them they were going to catch him and he will have to pay ransom before he gets out.
And the leader isÂ from Jalingo. He is from Adamawa. He is not the local fulaniÂ we have here. So this means that North-Eastern element is coming into this area and we have to move fast. We don’t have that luxury of time.
I have been trying to speak with government but nobody is really trying to listen to me or speak with me on this issue.
We are trying to pacify and remove this banditry and they are responding.”
Sheik Gumi also condemned decision by the Kaduna state government not to pay the ransom requested for the release of the university students.
“Five souls were killed. Why?Â What amount of money is too big for us to save the lives of those five students, what amount of money? secondly, we can give them the money to get the boys out of danger then go after our money. Nobody is saying you shouldn’t find them..you can get the two back.
TO say you will not negotiate with them and also not take action against them, I cannot understand that.” He added.
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âBandits don't live a luxury life, they live in huts, they have nothing, sometimes they drink from the stream” – Sheikh Gumi
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