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General News of Wednesday, 5 May 2021


Pay N100m ransom for Greenfield students now - Sheikh Gumi tells Govt

Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has called on the federal government to pay the N100 million ransom to the bandits to secure the release of the Greenfield University students.

According to him, this will prevent the situation from escalating. He said on Tuesday, that Boko Haram is responsible for the kidnapping of the students.

He noted that although his efforts, has been beneficial, government has not been appreciative, adding that he advised that the money be paid by the Central Bank and later recovered from the kidnappers since it will be too large for them to run away with.

“The money they are asking for is too much; if I give you that money, you cannot run away with it. Nobody can run. So, why not give them the money, they release the boys and then we pursue them and get our money back and do what is necessary; it is simple logic. So, bring the money from the central bank. How can they move that money? We should not be stupid.

“These people are getting infiltrated; Boko Haram is getting close and they don’t respect the clergy. I need support to get them inoculated against the infiltration of these ideologies, whether Boko Haram or Ansaru, whatever it is. We need to shield them because they are naïve. If there is too much pressure on them, and they see help from Boko Haram, who are richer and have more weapons, it is going to consume everybody.”

It was reported that the leader of the group, Sani Idris Jalingo on Monday threatened to kill the students if the ransom of N100 million and 10 motorcycles isn't paid.

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