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Sheikh Gumi asks government for ‘blanket amnesty’ for bandits



Sheikh Gumi, the Islamic cleric who has been meeting with armed bandits terrorizing the North-West in recent times, has called on the Federal Government to give bandits willing to make peace ‘blanket amnesty’ if the current security situation must be tackled.

The Islamic scholar said this on Friday while addressing journalist in Minna, Niger State capital.

This was after the cleric visited the camp of some bandits operating in Niger State.

He explained that some of the complaints of the bandits is that they were being killed and maimed unjustly.

While addressing his discussion during his secret visit to the bandits, Sheik Gumi said there is a positive response from the bandits who are holding the Kagara school students and their staff captive.

He, however, did not state if the students have been released.

However, Governor Abubakar Bello is currrently briefing journalists on the situation.

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