Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi has disclosed that the kidnapped students and staff of the Kagara school will be released today, February 21.
Gumi who has been an intermediary and has had discussions with the bandits said that it is likely the abducted person will regain freedom today. He made this disclosure during an interview with Punch.
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“What I hear from (our contact) is that they are still negotiating to release them (schoolchildren and staff members) and hopefully, hopefully, we will get them tomorrow (Sunday), hopefully.
Up till now, they have not been able to identify the boys, who (did the kidnapping). You know they are splinter groups. So, when you are dealing with groups like that in a vast area, with no communication, no road, then it has to be slow. But the main actors are ready to negotiate and stop the kidnapping altogether.”
Gumi also disclosed that the bandits requested for the release of their colleagues who are in the custody of security agencies.
“They have just four people in detention and they are asking for them. They also need assurance and that is why we are calling for amnesty for them. They have been fighting for a long time; it’s been more than eight years.
“These people are fighting for their existence because when they go to town they are lynched, when the police see them on the road, they arrest them; sometimes they are executed extrajudicially, so they took arms against the state. When you give them amnesty, all of them will drop their weapons.”he said