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Banditry: Gumi Visits British High Commissioner, Laing

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, and his team on Thursday visited the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing in her official residence in Abuja.

Gumi’s visitation was in continuation of his efforts to reach out to critical stakeholders to understand the enormity of the security crisis particularly in the North West.

During the visit, the cleric was welcomed by the team of principal officers at the Embassy before they went into a closed-door meeting that lasted for nearly two hours.

Laing at the end of the interaction with Gumi said she is now better informed about the crisis of insecurity in the North West particularly related to armed Fulani bandits. 

The team agreed that military solution alone cannot end the campaign of terror, killings and kidnappings by the bandits, and that the military approach did not stop the incessant killings and abductions particularly in Zamfara, Niger and Kaduna States.

She noted that her country will continue to support Nigeria in this trying times.

The Commissioner also assured Gumi that she will reach out to all those concerned to share the thoughts of the British Government on how best to tackle the security concerns especially when farmers cannot go to farm in most communities.

Recall that over 200 people were killed in the last one month alone in Zamfara State because of Governor Bello Matawalle’s inability to fulfill earlier commitments and his subsequent withdrawal from the peace treaty that was brokered by Gumi with the bandits and his resolved to disengaged from the dialogue that hitherto save so many lives while economic activities including farming had then resumed.

The cleric had earlier reportedly called on Federal government to grant amnesty to bandits willing to repent and rehabilitate them in order to end insecurity in the country.

But President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration said it would not negotiate with terrorists and had vowed to deal with bandits terrorizing northern Nigeria.

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