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Gumi Met Bandits Near A Military Post, Ex-DSS Official Says

By Ugbede Usman

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Dennis Amachree, an ex assistant director of the Department of State Services (DSS), has revealed that it’s not because the security agents ordered to rescue victims of Kagara can not engage the abductors in gun battles but because they (the security) is trying to avoid damages that could be done to the victims.

Speaking on Channels Television morning show: ‘Sunrise Daily’, the former DSS official said it was easy for the bandits to have used the victims as human shield, adding that the popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, met bandits in an area closed to the military post to discuss the release of the abducted students and teachers of Government Science College, Kangara.

According to him, “When you see bandits like that if their number is large, you will decide whether you want to get reinforcement to move in there. Then secondly, sometimes they have hostages with them and the hostages then become human shields for them.

“So, if you go in there, there will be a lot of collateral damage. So, these are the considerations. I am not currently in the theatre of what is happening there. So, I don’t know what the commanders of that area are doing but I can tell you they are not just sitting down.”

He added that security personnel were asked to drop their weapons before they were allowed into the place where about 700 bandits were camped.
He said why it looks like its easier  for Gumi to access the bandits than the military is because “It is not a matter of they don’t know. I think they know but you know, you just don’t jump into 700 fully armed people because the tactics have to be planned properly to handle things like that.”


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