Islamic Cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi who has been in the forefront of negotiations between the Federal Government and armed bandits involved in kidnappings and various forms of crimes against farmers and rural communities in Nigeria, has claimed that the Federal Government knows their hideouts.
Sheikh Gumi made the claim on Channels Television’s features programme, ‘Politics Today’, monitored in Abuja by Arthur Akpoedafe for Gado News.
Sheik Gumi was asked how he was able to locate the criminals and have dialogue with them, while security agencies have found it difficult to trace them.
Responding, the Cleric said government had been having confrontations with the bandits, but that it was only deploying an alternative means, since confrontations appeared not to be the best approach.
He said, “They (government) know. They see them (bandits) by aerial view. But the military has learned its lesson.”
“The first approach they had— when they go in and start killing— they realised is the wrong way and that they were producing a monster. They are now careful.”
“The only element I am adding now is ‘look, don’t just wait and watch, go in and negotiate.”
“If the pressure is too much, I am afraid they can be influenced by Boko Haram. We have seen the signs that Boko Haram is going to infiltrate them.”