Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi meets with Niger Governor but Gov says students not released.

Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, has met with the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, over the abduction of students and members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara.

Some students and staff of Kagara were kidnapped on Wednesday when bandits stormed the school. A student was also reportedly killed by the bandits during the attack.

Gumi met the governor on Friday after photos of the Islamic scholar’s meeting with some bandits in a forest in Niger State surfaced online .

Addressing journalists after the meeting with the governor, Gumi said, “The outcome is very positive because if you have warring factions and each faction says that I have complaints and grievances which are very simple, I think there is hope.”

Governor Bello however said the abductees including students have not been released to the state.

Rumors were rife on Friday that the kidnappers had released the students and others after popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi met with the bandits.

But Bello denounced rumors of the release, saying the students and others were still being held captive.

The governor, however, said government was in the last stage of negotiations with the bandits.

He promised that the victims would be released soon.

He maintain his vow not to pay any ransom to the bandits.

It is not certain where the abductees are whether they are still in the forest with the bandits but some reports say they were on Friday morning released to Sheikh Gumi.

Bandits stormed the school in the early hours of Wednesday, killing a student and kidnapped 27 students, three teachers and 12 family members.



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