Ahmad Gumi, popular Islamic cleric, has appealed to bandits to release all kidnapped victims.
Salisu Hassan, Gumi’s media aide, quoted the Kaduna-based scholar as saying during his Ramadan Tafsir sermon at the Sultan Bello mosque in Kaduna State on Tuesday.
Hassan told journalists on Thursday that he does not understand why bandits have continued to attack and kidnap people despite Gumi’s appeal.
“Honestly, I don’t know. But Sheikh is aware. In his sermons, he always appeals to them to stop this kind of barbaric action that they are doing. About two days ago, he personally called on them to please release all those who were in their possession. He stated this at the Sultan Bello Mosque, Kaduna State, where he made his Ramadan Tafsir,” Hassan said.
However, a day after Gumi’s latest appeal, bandits attacked Greenfield University, a private university located at Kasarami, off the Kaduna-Abuja Road in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, abducting students and staff of the institution.
The bandits killed a member of the university’s team, Paul Ude Okafor, and whisked away a number of students, according to reports.
On the same day, bandits attacked the Zazzaga group in Niger State’s Munya local government area.
They also overran a military base in the community, killing one civilian named Jacob Auta.
The attackers also stole a military vehicle during the assault which occurred around 4:00pm.
Eyewitnesses said the gunmen raided the area on motorcycles, firing sporadically at the camp.
During the assault, the camp was razed, and some military vehicles were also set ablaze.
Though soldiers were able to repel the assault, the bandits set fire to their belongings.
Bandits also killed five soldiers, members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and a civilian in an assault on a military base in Shiroro local government area of the state two weeks ago.