In response to Sheik Ahmad Gumi’s allegation that security operatives are working with bandits, the Nigerian Police Force has said it will not comment.
He made the allegation during an appearance on ARISE TV on Wednesday morning.
As the cleric described banditry as a business, he said, “These bandits, if you don’t know, are cooperating with many bad elements within our security system.” 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’s impossible.”
Asked about Gumi’s claim, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, a Commissioner of Police, said he could not comment until he had the right context.
“I have nothing to say.”. My schedule has been very busy. I cannot comment on that subject. I haven’t studied what the man said or the context in which he said it. When I see the words “security agents,” I’m not sure he’s talking about the police. For now, I can’t say anything.”
The Director of Nigerian Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu promised to issue a statement about the allegations as soon as possible.
Banditry, cattle rustling, and kidnapping are raging across the country, especially in the North West and North Central zones.