Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has insisted he was never invited or arrested by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS), adding that the government is aware of his meetings with the bandits in the forests.
Gumi was invited by the SSS, after he alleged that security agents collaborate with bandits.
However, speaking after Jumaat prayer at Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna State, Gumi debunked those claims.
“Nobody invited me for questioning or any arrest, I can say that categorically,” Mr Gumi told Channels TV.
“Since I ventured into the forest, I went there with full security, the police, with the knowledge of the DSS, traditional rulers, the Fulani leaders, I never went alone.”
Mr Gumi added that all along he and government officials have been engaging the bandits and their is no cause for alarm from the public.
“All along, I have been doing it with the government and there is no difference between us and the authority. So people should have their peace,” the cleric said.