Popular Kaduna-based Islamic Cleric Ahmad Gumi has opened up that the bandits he met in Niger State were not responsible for the kidnapping of the 27 students of Government Science College, GSC, Kanagara.
Gumi insists that the bandits told him they did not know anything about the abducted students.
He also refutes claims that he was negotiating with the bandits; instead, he said his meeting with the bandits dissuade them from inciting more crimes and promoting peace.
He said: “I am not part of any negotiations. We just met some of these militants in Niger State, trying to dissuade them from their militancy.
“We asked them the bandits about what happened, and they said they know the group that abducted the bus, and they said they would intercede and see that they are released.
“But for the (school) children, they said they didn’t know who did it because it was too early for them to know. Those groups we met may be having problems with a splinter group.
“The people I met with are not the ones who abducted the students.”