The Senator representing Niger East in the National Assembly, Mohammed Musa, says popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, should be invited by security agents for questioning over his affiliation with bandits.
Musa disclosed this while speaking on Channels TV on Tuesday evening.
He mentioned that Gumi has been meeting with these bandits in the forests and he should be able to provide the Nigerian government with information that could help to neutralise their operations.
“I won’t say we know them (bandits). Just as we said, they have cells and they have a kind of leadership structure in their cells,” he said.
“I would recall that one of the renowned Islamic scholars, Sheikh Gumi, was at a time going into the forests to meet with these people.
“I think somebody like Gumi should be asked how he has contacts to reach these people. And if he can reach these people, why is it that he has not been able to help the government to get these people neutralised?”
Musa said the security situation in Niger State has worsened as terrorists who moved into Zamfara have returned to escape military action going on in the neighbouring state.
“It seems they all went back to Zamfara, which seems to be the epicentre of it. So, when they all went back to Zamfara, and the government decided to hit them in Zamfara, they’re now spreading. We had some peace in the last two months, but now, they’re back and they’re very ruthless. So, we also want the government to be very ruthless with them,” he added.