Yesterday night, many Nigerians were made to view group of terrorists led by one Dogo Gide showcasing their faces in a manner unlikely of a criminal.
Abubakar Gumi, Kaduna based Islamic Cleric posted the photographs around 9 pm yesterday after meeting with the terrorists at a forest in Niger State.
Gumi said he visited Kontagora and lost his way into Tagina forest that shares boundary with Niger and Kaduna states where he said he eventually met with the leader of the terrorists group and the gang top commanders that recently kidnapped NSTA bus passengers, killed more than 10 persons and kidnapped more than 20 persons in Munya and again killed one student and kidnapped more than 40 students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State within 72 hours this week.
It was more shocking to see supposed criminals allowing themselves to be photographed with weapons of mass destruction in their hands.
This might be right to still see the gang of gunmen as criminals but we might be more right to assume them as bokoharam terrorists who have stylishly changed their original name to ‘Bandit’ in order to get presidential amnesty.
According to Gumi, the leader of the gang, Dogo Gide said he was very happy to sit together with government representatives for reconciliation.
Gumi also said some parts of their conversations with the terrorists were not allowed to be recorded but promised to release the part recorded soon after editing.
Gumi after leaving the terrorists, went straight to Niger State Government House, Minna and met this morning with the Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, emphasizing that the terrorists should be granted amnesty.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who said earlier that he will not pay ransom to criminals on the basis that they use same money to buy more arms and ammunitions, was forced to hold emergency press conference this morning.
Governor Bello denied the rumour that the kidnapped students and others in captivity have been released but still working to ensure the safe return of the abductees.
Available information indicated that the kidnappers who brandished their faces on camera for the world to recognise them are not willing to let go the victims until Governor Bello pay ransom and grant them amnesty like his counterpart in Zamfara state who recently in a controversial manner granted amnesty to the kidnappers of the 344 Kankara Science School students in Katsina state.
The way and manner gunmen are now showing their faces on camera and boldly asking for amnesty is to say the obvious; this maybe an ethnic agenda.
No genuine criminal will want his or her face to be shown intentionally.
The way and manner this supposed-to-be-criminals now show off with their weapons on camera under President Muhammadu Buhari watch is seemingly nothing but the fact that they know they are well protected by their sponsors in government and some northern communities that supposed to mob them to death.
This is more painful to Nigerians that the same government ordered the military to carry out air operation yesterday on men of Eastern Security Network at Orlu forest in Imo State who many said have not done anything wrong but in self defence of their communities against herders’ attack.
This criminal conspiracy is seemingly becoming more open as a sitting Governor, Bala Mohammed said this morning that Fulani herdsmen don’t need the permission of a state governor specifically Ondo state government before they can settle in the forest.
This, Bala Mohammed made in response to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s directive for herdsmen to vacate Ondo forests and register thier identity with the government due to incessant raping, kidnapping and killing of Ondo residents by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Bala Mohammed who have been widely criticized for openly supporting criminality when he said Fulani herdsmen carry Ak-47 in self defence tries to reverse his statement this morning by saying the AK-47 used in the statement was a figure of speech.