25.9 C

SSS confirms Sheikh Gumi’s invitation


1min read

NIGERIA’s secret police has confirmed the invitation of Islamic scholar Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.

The State Security Service (SSS) spokesperson Peter Afunanya told The ICIR  via a text message that Gumi was invited on Friday, saying that anybody of interest could be invited at any time.

“The Service invited Sheikh Gumi. And it is not out of place to invite any person of interest,” Afunanya said.

The invitation is coming after the cleric had alleged, during a television interview, that some security officials were working with bandits in Nigeria.

While referring to the alleged ‘cooperation’ as a business, Gumi had said that “they were caught in Zamfara, they were caught everywhere.”

“How can these big weapons cross our borders and get into the forests without the cooperation of ‘some’ bad elements in the security system?” the Islamic scholar had asked during the interview on Arise TV on Wednesday.

A response from the Nigerian Army was released through the Director of Army Public Relations Onyema Nwachukwu, a brigadier, on Wednesday.

- Advertisement -

The Army’s statement had denied the allegation, calling it “a calculated attempt to denigrate the Nigerian military and undermine the sacrifices of patriotic troops who are working tirelessly to restore peace and stability across the country.”

The ICIR had reported that Sheikh Gumi earlier accused the Nigerian government of taking sides in what he described as an ‘inter-tribal war going on in the country.’

He is known for advocating that the government reach out to the bandits and grant them amnesty, a plea that has been pushed back by critics.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.


Nigeria’s transportation cost rises amid shrinking household wallets

IN August, the cost of transportation rose by an average of five per cent...

Despite contradictory evidence, Buhari hails his govt’s human rights records at UN General Assembly

NIGERIAN President Muhammadu Buhari, in an address during the General Debate of the 76th...

NYSC backtracks, admits asking corps members to prepare for ransom payment if abducted

AFTER an initial denial, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has admitted to asking...

COVID-19 forced Nigeria to grow labs from four to 140 – Buhari

NIGERIA has grown its testing and detection laboratories for COVID-19 from four to over...

Rape: Police embark on shooting spree, disrupt Abia poly students’ protest

OFFICERS of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) attached to Aba Divisional Headquarters allegedly shot...

Most Read


Subscribe to our newsletter