Sheik Ahmad Gumi, renowned Islamic cleric, has alleged that security operatives are working with the bandits who are wreaking havoc across the country.
Speaking when he featured on Arise TV on Wednesday, Gumi accused some security personnel of giving the armed gangs a soft landing.
Gumi, who described banditry as a business, said gunmen would not have had access to weapons without the support of some security personnel.
“These bandits, if you don’t know, are cooperating with a lot of bad elements in our security system. This is a business. So many people are involved, you’ll be so surprised.”
“They were caught in Zamfara; they were caught everywhere, how do these big weapons cross our borders? How can these big weapons cross our borders and get into the forest without the cooperation of some bad element of the security operatives assisting them? It’s not possible. If I give you the same amount of guns can you take it to the UK? You can’t, because the security is alert.
”Part of fighting this banditry is to overhaul our security system.”
Gumi also said it is unfair to compare bandits and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He said while bandits abduct people for money, IPOB militants attack security operatives and destroy government facilities.
“IPOB is attacking the police, the army, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other government institutions; killing our men in service.”
“And the herdsmen are kidnapping children not to kill them but to get money; so how can you compare somebody who is killing our gallant men directly to somebody who is kidnapping children to make money and not to kill them. Look, we need some fairness in what we are doing,” he said.