Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has stated bandits will not surrender until they feel safe.
He spoke on Wednesday during a virtual meeting hosted by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies.
Gumi said: “Nobody can justify criminality, what we are saying is what we saw in the forest is an ethnic war going on between people in the forest and the neighbouring villages and hamlets. When the herder felt he has grievances and nobody was listening to him, he took on weapons.”
“I’m not justifying their kidnapping, what they do is crime. But their kidnapping is to get more money to buy more weapons so they can protect themselves.”