Banditry: Summon Sheikh Gumi now, Omokri urges DSS

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Kayode Oyero

A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, says popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, is facilitating banditry and not promoting peace as believed many.

He also said Sheikh Gumi was sowing the seed of discord in the country and inciting Muslims against Christians by telling bandits that Muslim soldiers were the ones neutralising them.

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He, therefore, urged the Department of State Services to summon the cleric and question him for incitement.

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Omokri, a critic of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), spoke on Wednesday while featuring on a PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable.

“Sheikh Gumi should be answering questions with the DSS,” he said, adding, “Sheikh Gumi should be summoned by the DSS to back up his claim that Christian soldiers are the ones killing Muslims.”

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Of late, Sheikh Gumi has been seen in photos holding talks with notorious bandits in the forests of Zamfara, Niger and other states. He had also advocated blanket amnesty for the bandits like was done for the militants in the Niger Delta region.

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The PUNCH also reported that Sheikh Gumi said bandits had only killed a “few” people accidentally, adding that they killed for “revenge”.

Sheikh Gumi’s latest comment attracted outrage on social media with many users describing him as the spokesperson for bandits in the country.

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Speaking on Wednesday, Omokri said it was unthinkable that Sheikh Gumi was still allowed to move freely by the Buhari regime which had summoned a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, over his comments on notorious terror group, Boko Haram.

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