The students were abducted by the bandits on Sunday, April 18.
Five of the 22 abducted students have been killed. One of them was released on Tuesday, May 4 while 16 of them are still in captivity. The bandits have threatened to kill the students if the ransom isn’t paid.
In a fresh interview with Punch, Gumi called on the Federal government to collect N100 million from the Central Bank to pay the bandits.
”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.”he said