By Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation/AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna/Alao Abiodun
Gumi denies arrest, explains why he used to be in DSS place of work
Says I meet bandits with security officers as encourage-up
The Department of Issue Security Provider (DSS), Kaduna quizzed Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmed Gumi following his contemporary television interview by which he claimed soldiers were supplying palms and ammunition to bandits terrorizing factors of the country.
On the opposite hand, Gumi denied on Friday that he used to be invited or arrested, pronouncing he used to be at the DSS place of work there for routine consultation on guidelines on how to stay banditry within the Northwest.
The Military had warned Gumi on Wednesday that it “must now not be perceived as a gateway for derogatory feedback that hold the ability to embolden criminals.”
Spokesman for the DSS, Peter Afunaya, suggested Channels Tv on Friday that the agency certainly invited Gumi for questioning.
“Sheikh Gumi used to be invited by the Provider,” Afunaya acknowledged.
He added: “it’s now not out of put for it to ask someone of curiosity.”
But he didn’t converse why Gumi used to be invited.
I used to be now not invited, used to be now not arrested, says Gumi
Contacted on Friday, Gumi denied being invited or arrested by the DSS.
He acknowledged he used to be most efficient in dialog with the protection agency.
He acknowledged he used to be with the DSS director in Kaduna Issue in continuation of consultation on guidelines on how to envision banditry.
He acknowledged his conferences with bandits were persistently with the solutions and backing of security agencies.
He pleaded with Nigerians to work for the team spirit and peace of this nation.
His spokesman, Tukur Mamu acknowledged Gumi met with the DSS director in Kaduna Issue for most efficient 15 minutes on Thursday.
It used to be learnt that Gumi used to be invited resulting from his feedback that some factors within the protection force and security brokers were aiding banditry.
Gumi, who spoke with our correspondent on the phone, shortly after his weekly Tafsir (Exegesis of Quran) , acknowledged he used to be in his rental in Kaduna as at 5.46pm.
He acknowledged: “There used to be no arrest. I am in contact with the total security agencies. I am most efficient in dialog.
“I no doubt hold never ventured into the forests without their escorts and their males with me and pronounce officers, dilapidated rulers and Fulani dilapidated leaders.
“So, it’s a continuation of consultations as we raise on our missions.
“All you are hearing is now not appropriate. There used to be no any invitation or arrest. I suggested you I used to be in dialog with them sooner than we started going to the bush.
“I no doubt were with the authorities, I never went there by myself. Search at the total video recordings, yow will to find the total police and security officers.
Gumi used to be optimistic that Nigeria will overcome its security challenges.
He added: “Nigerians must draw collectively. We are able to overcome the total difficulties we’re facing. ”
On his share, the spokesman for Gumi, Mallam Tukur Mamu, who’s moreover the writer of Desolate tract Herald, acknowledged: “The most challenging information is that Sheikh Gumi has now not been arrested. There used to be nothing like arrest at some stage within the total process.
“About invitation or lack of invitation or whether he used to be at DSS place of work in Kaduna or now not, I reflect that must now not even be the divulge. Someone can also merely moreover be a guest at the DSS place of work. And as a Nigerian and as any individual that respects constituted authority, any invitation granted to him by any authority, the Sheikh will be willing to persistently dash.
“Nigerians must seize that even sooner than this vogue, Sheikh Gumi has been interacting with the police, the DSS and even the Military.
“So, he has interacted with the finest authority of the Military even lately in Kaduna as soon as they came for an match. So, there is nothing unsuitable, as an illustration, for him visiting the DSS place of work. And they used to verbalize every completely different. He used to provide his personal advice to them, even to the finest authority, on what he believes is truly the most challenging means to follow.
“As officers, they moreover hold their very personal advice for him. They moreover used to provide him advice. And it’s miles persistently within the curiosity of peace and within the curiosity of the total nation.
“I reflect what I will confirm with the finest authority is that the Sheikh is at dwelling. Truly, we appropriate executed one in every of his weekly programmes of Tafsir and there is nothing like arrest the least bit.
“I reflect that must be the divulge of venture on whether he used to be arrested or now not.
“On the divulge of invitation as I acknowledged, he wasn within the DSS place of work the day gone by (Thursday) for approximately 15 minutes and it used to be an instantaneous contact between him and the Issue Director of DSS and nothing more.”
A source acknowledged Gumi used to be invited resulting from his feedback that some factors within the protection force and security brokers were fascinated by banditry.
The source acknowledged: “Sheikh used to be invited over his feedback on Arise TV News that some factors within the protection force were auding bandits.
” I reflect the Military didn’t struggle via the speak of the interview sooner than issuing their observation on Gumi. The Arise TV News moreover clarified on Thursday that Gumi talked about some factors.
“Gumi’s put has been amplified by the observation of the Nigerian Military which claimed that they don’t appear to be ruling out the likelihood of infamous factors amongst them.”
News of Gumi’s alleged invitation by the DSS used to be broken by the Hausa Provider of Roar of America (VOA)
In accordance with the VOA, Gumi used to be invited by the Kaduna place of work of the DSS after the protection force authorities took exception to feedback by him alleging that their operatives were conniving with bandits.
Reacting to Gumi’s television allegations on Wednesday, army spokesman, Bigadier Total Onyema Nwachukwu acknowledged contrary to the cleric’s claims, the NA “stays a bonafide image of nationwide team spirit that has conducted its constitutional tasks in essentially the most official draw per global most efficient practices of adherence to the rules of engagement and security of the typical human rights of the citizenry.”
He added: “The sweeping allegation peddled by the coed is now not most efficient sad and dejected, but a calculated try to denigrate the Nigerian protection force and undermine the sacrifices of our patriotic troops, who are working tirelessly to revive peace and stability across the country. You can be able to must remind ourselves that these same protection force, being accused of connivance, are the ones who lately set aside their lives on the line to rescue abductees of the Govt Secondary School, Birnin Yawuri from kidnappers.
“Whereas the NA is now not going to try to excuse the likelihood of gloomy sheep amongst its fold, it could well well be stated unambiguously that this can even merely now not condone any make of sabotage or aiding and assisting the enemy by any personnel, as provisions for dealing decisively with such acts are crystallised in Part 45 (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Authorized pointers of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
“It must moreover be identified, that whereas the protection force could be very worthy receptive to constructive criticism, it could well well now not be perceived as a gateway for derogatory feedback that hold the ability to embolden criminals. It’s miles moreover critical to reiterate that patriotism must be taken to a trajectory where subversive conversations on the pronounce are delivered to the barest minimal.
“Conception leaders are enjoined to display patriotism in constructing the peace, pretty than being brokers of distabilization, thereby annoying the contemporary security challenges facing the nation.”
Gumi had met with over 500 armed bandits in Zamfara Issue on February 2, 2021 to negotiate for the free up of the over 300 boys were kidnapped from Govt Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina Issue,.
He moreover stepped in when dozens of students were kidnapped at Govt Science College (GSC) Kagara, Niger Issue.
Gumi later known as for blanket amnesty for the total bandits, arguing that the federal authorities had executed the equal to Niger Delta militants at some stage within the Yar’Adua presidency.