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The Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday gave reason for inviting the Kaduna-based cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.

According to Peter Afunayam DSS spokesman, “Sheikh Gumi was invited by the Service for questioning “.

The spokesman added that “it is not out of place for it to invite any person of interest.”

Although the DSS did not confirm the rationale for the questioning invitation, Sheikh Gumi has recently been outspoken on the issue of banditry in Nigeria. Just few days ago Gumi said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are worst than bandits who kidnap school children for money.

According to the cleric, amnesty should be extended to bandits, who he says have been ‘forced’ into criminality due to, in part, government neglect.

In a recent interview, Gumi alleged that some military operatives actively connive with bandits to wreak havoc on the country.

“When I listened to them, I found out that it is a simple case of criminality which turned into banditry, which turned into ethnic war, and some genocide too behind the scene; people don’t know,” Sheikh Gumi said in an interview with Channels Television last February.

The cleric said that while “there is no excuse for any crime; nothing can justify crime, and they are committing crime,” the bandits were forced into criminality.

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