Armed bandits terrorizing some Local Government Areas and communities in Niger State, have made the promise to release the Kagara students abducted last Wednesday. The bandits’ promise to release the Kagara Students was, however, not articulated on a timeline.
They have also promised to release all the the other kidnapped victims in their captivity, within the State.
This followed a ‘mediation parley’ between a popular Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, and the criminals.
Notorious kidnapping warlords such as Dogon Gida, Kachalla, and others, it was gathered, attended the reconciliation forum with Gumi.
They expressed willingness to part of any deradicalization exercise or programme that the government will unveil for their repentant ‘boys’.
“The meeting took place at an isolated area inside a forest in the State, yesterday,” a security source reliably informed PRNigeria.
The bandits, he said, told Gumi, that they are tired of the atrocities and killing of innocent persons, the have been carrying out.
“They are not happy that several of their cows have been bombarded, and some stolen by robbers. They alleged that their fellow herdsmen have been killed by some villagers,” he added.
According to the source, who declined giving his name, the bandits took Gumi round some wells were bodies of their fulani relatives and family members, killed in aerial bombardments, were dumped.
“They also let Sheikh Gumi know that vigilantee members in some communities always attack their fulani relatives and family members, whenever they sight them going to markets and towns,” he said.
However, GreenWhiteGreen, GWG is unable to confirm when and how the release is going to be done.
Earlier on Friday, the news media and some online news media had been saturated with reports of the release of the students.
Sheik Gumi has been reported by some media to have also asked for a blanked amnesty for all the bandits. It is believed that his request may have been part of the efforts towards the immediate release of the abducted students.
The call has, however, been faced with a mixed reactions as many critical Nigerians have said that bandits should not be rewarded with amnesty.