Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, popular Islamic scholar, has said he is making effort to identify the bandit group that kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in Zamfara State on Friday.
Armed bandits in their hundreds had stormed the Government Girls Secondary School located in Jangebe, Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of the state around 2:00am, abducting students.
According to BBC Pidgin, the Kaduna-based cleric stressed that some bandits do not want to embrace peace.
“What I’m trying to do at the moment is to identify which bandit group kidnapped the girls. That is where we will start the discussions.
“The problem with the latest abduction is that there are sabotages. There are bandit groups that do not want peace to reign, but we are trying our best,” he was quoted as saying.
Gumi had been negotiating with bandits in Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger States, urging them to abandon criminality.
He has asked the Federal Government to grant blank amnesty to repentant bandits, arguing that the country had failed them.
The latest abduction comes about 10 days after 41 persons, mostly students, were abducted from the Government Science Secondary School in Kagara, Niger State.
The state government said it is still negotiating with the abductors for the release of the victims.