Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, on Friday, met with the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, over the abduction of students and some staff of Government Science College, Kagara.
On Friday, photos of Gumi meeting with some bandits in a forest in Niger State surfaced online.
The Islamic cleric later visited the governor at the Government House in Minna to brief him on the outcome of the meeting with the bandits.
Addressing journalists after the meeting with the governor, Gumi said, “The outcome is very positive because if you have warring factions and each faction says that I have complaints and grievances which are very simple, I think there is hope.”
Governor Bello is expected to address the press any moment from now.
Recall that some students and staff of Kagara were kidnapped when bandits stormed the school on Wednesday morning. A student was also reportedly killed by the bandits during the attack.
Following the attack, Bello ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in the bandit-ravaged areas.
Reacting to the incident, the Senate had also asked the President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security without further delay.