According to Sheik Ahmad Gumi, a renowned Islamic cleric, security operatives are working with the bandits wreaking havoc across the country.
During his appearance on Arise TV on Wednesday, Gumi accused some security personnel of giving armed gangs a “soft landing.”.
Gunmen would not have had access to weapons without the support of some security personnel, said Gumi, who described banditry as a business.
“These bandits are cooperating with a lot of bad elements in our security system, if you don’t already know. It is a business. You’ll be surprised at how many people are involved.”
“They were caught in Zamfara; they were caught everywhere; how did these big weapons make it across our borders?”? What is the point of these big weapons crossing our borders and getting into the forest without the cooperation of some bad elements of the security forces? It isn’t possible. What happens if I give you the same number of guns and you take them to the UK? Because of security alerts, you can’t do that.
“Part of fighting this banditry is overhauling our security system.”
In addition, Gumi said it is unfair to compare bandits to Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
IPOB militants attack security operatives and destroy government facilities while bandits kidnap people for money.
“IPOB attacks the police, the army, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other government institutions; killing our soldiers.”
Moreover, the herdsmen kidnap children not to kill them but for money. So how can you compare a person who is killing our gallant men with someone who is kidnapping children to make money, not to kill them. “We need some fairness in what we do,” he said.