Sheikh Gumi confirms meeting DSS operatives over bandits

Ahmad Gumi
Ahmad Gumi

Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has confirmed he met with operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) over his comments on the activities of bandits in the country.

Gumi has been sympathetic with bandits raiding the northern part of the country.

Earlier, he offered to dialogue with bandits who abducted schoolchildren from Kuriga Government Secondary and LEA Primary Schools in the Chikun Local Government Area of the Kaduna State.

The abducted schoolchildren were released on Sunday. The government said no ransom was paid for their release.

However, on Monday, the minister of information and orientation Mohammed Idris said the Kaduna-based cleric was invited for questioning.

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In a social media post on Tuesday, Gumi said he had a productive interaction with the security agents.

“Last night, I got many frantic calls from well-wishers and journalists about a news item that I was interviewed by security. There is absolutely no cause for alarm,” he wrote.

“Yes, we had a productive interaction on how to curb banditry as we are all trying – each in his own sphere – to tackle the monster bedevilling the nation. There was no animosity but courtesy and full of respect.

“We all need as a nation to unite and work in synergy to achieve an everlasting peace. I thank you for your concern. May Allah continue to protect us all from all evil.”