Controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has denied reports that he was either quizzed or invited for questioning by the Department of State Security Service (DSS).
Naija News had earlier reports that the Kaduna-based cleric was invited by the DSS over his recent remarks on banditry.
The SSS spokesman Peter Afunanya had earlier on Friday said it invited the cleric for questioning.
“Sheikh Gumi was invited by the Service,” the service’s spokesman, Peter Afunaya, said in a response to an enquiry.
The spokesman added that “it is not out of place for it to invite any person of interest.”
But speaking to Channels TV after presiding over a Jummat service at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna State on Friday, Sheikh Gumi said all his interventions with bandits inside the forest were done in collaboration with the support of the government and security agencies, hence he did not commit any offence.
“Nobody Invited me for questioning or any arrest, I can say that categorically,” the Sheik said, adding, “since I ventured into the forest, I went there with full security, the police, with the knowledge of the DSS, traditional rulers and the Fulani leaders, I never went alone”.
He also insisted that he never made any disparaging remarks against the military during his recent live interview on national television.
According to him, there was nowhere in the TV interview that he categorically accused the entire military.