Facts emerging on Monday, February 22, revealed that there is an ongoing conflict between the abductors of 27 students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara, in Niger State.
Naija News understands that the disagreement at the bandit’s camp resulted in delaying the release of the abducted victims.
The PUNCH reports that a top government official disclosed that the bandits are still in contention with the warlord government negotiated with.
“There is a division among the bandits. Those who carried out the abduction are being persuaded to release the abductees,” said the government source while conversing with journalists earlier.
A source had disclosed earlier that the abductees had been released and were on their way to Minna, the state capital. However, in his reaction to the claims, the State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, said the abductees were still in captivity.
Governor Bello, while addressing parents at 11:40 pm on Sunday said the abducted students and workers are yet to be released. “We still have the students of Kagara in the hands of the bandits and everything is being done to secure their release soonest,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, renowned Islamic scholar, Sheik Abubakar Ahmad Gumi has denied ever negotiating with armed bandits terrorising the North West part of the country.
He made this known to LEADERSHIP in an exclusive interview at the weekend in Abuja on his way back to Kaduna after meeting with bandits in Dutsen Magaji Forest of Niger State.
Gumi asserted that he only initiated peace advocacy with the bandits through which he preaches to them with a view to discouraging the criminals from their bad ways.