Renowned Islamic cleric, Shiekh Abubakar Ahmad Gumi, has said the bandits he met in Niger state denied abducting 27 students of Government Science College (GSC), Kagara.
Recall that armed bandits had on Wednesday attacked GSC Kagara in Rafi local government area of Niger, where they abducted 41 persons mostly students and staff of the school.
Islamic scholar, Sheikh Gumi had led Government officials to meet with bandits in the state.
The meeting was part of efforts targeted at facilitating the release of the abducted Kagara students and staff.
The meeting between the government officials and leaders of the bandits held at Dutsen Magaji, Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State.
The sheikh had he is not part of any negotiation for the release of the schoolchildren, and that he only met the bandits to dissuade them from crime.
Speaking with ThisDay, Shiekh Gumi said “I am not part of any negotiations. We just met some of these militants (in Niger State), trying to dissuade them from their militancy.
“We asked them (the bandits) about what happened and they said they know the group that abducted the bus and they said they will intercede and see that they are released.
“But for the (school) children, they said they didn’t know who did it because it was too early for them to know. Those groups we met may be having problems with a splinter group.”
“The people I met with are not the ones who abducted the students,” the cleric said, but added that “the overall commander of the group we met promised that he would investigate those who abducted the children and get them released.”