Bandits Learnt Kidnapping From Niger Delta Militants – Sheik Gumi
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Popular Islamic cleric, Alhaji Sheik Ahmad Gumi has said bandits learnt kidnapping from the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND).
The Renowned cleric made the claims on Tuesday while speaking on an Africa Independent Television (AIT) programme.
According to the cleric, the bandits deserve to be granted amnesty just the way the Federal Government granted the militants. He expressed optimism that if the government could grant amnesty to the bandits, they will expose those perpetrating criminality.
We didn’t take a different route of trying to solve this problem and that is why we are still here today. And when we say amnesty, we don’t mean that anyone proved to be involved in murder should go free as such.”
They learned about kidnapping from MEND. I do not see any difference. They were the first victims of rustling. Their cattle are their oil. What we are seeing now is more of an insurgency than banditry.
I can say 10 percent of the herders are criminals, not 90 percent, in the end, they took up weapons to protect themselves from extinction.
They can take care of the little remnants of criminals among themselves because they don’t want anybody to bring mayhem to them,” he said.