Arrest Gumi as bandits’ leader, PFN tells Buhari

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria’s (PFN) South West Zone has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to detain Sheikh Ahmad Gumi for his comments, particularly his statement that the Federal Government should not declare the bandits terrorists.

PFN said he should be the number one suspect, especially with his romance with the bandits.

Following a summit attended by chapters from the six South West states, the Christian group made the announcement yesterday in Lagos.

PFN, through its leader, Archbishop John Osa-Oni, stated that Gumi’s statements were dubious and that the Federal Government should hold him accountable.

Gumi would have been arrested if he had been a Christian leader, according to PFN.

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Dr. Alfred Martins, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Metropolitan See, has asked the Federal Government to use all available resources to combat the country’s insecurity.

The bishop made the announcement Wednesday at St. Leo Catholic Church in Ikeja, Lagos, during the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Association (NCDPA) 2021 yearly general meeting.

Martins told reporters at the event that the country’s issues were massive, and that most of them stemmed from leaders’ incapacity to utilize available resources for the country’s benefit.

He accused politicians of exploiting religion to divide Nigerians.

BUT Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, has said that non-kinetic approach is very essential in combating insurgency, banditry and other criminal activities in the country.

Speaking yesterday at the symposium organised by the Centre for Security and Legal Studies University of Abuja, Yahaya noted various forms of insecurity in parts of the country as Boko Haram in the North East, banditry in the North West and North Central, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) agitations in the South East, illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta and others.

To achieve the mandate of his office, the Nigerian army has been engaged in various joint operations, he added.

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