Speaking on ARISE TV on Wednesday, Gumi alleged that security agents played a role in the insecurity plaguing Nigeria by collaborating with the bandits who engage in killing and kidnapping for ransom.
The military responded to Gumi’s allegation in a statement, saying, “It is essential to remind ourselves that this same military, being accused of connivance, are the ones who recently put their lives on the line to rescue abductees of the Government Secondary School, Birnin Yauri from kidnappers,” explained the army.
The statement added, “While the NA will not attempt to excuse the possibility of black sheep amongst its fold, it must be stated unambiguously that it will not condone any form of sabotage or aiding and assisting the enemy by any personnel.”
The army insisted that its soldiers always adhered to rules of engagement and protection of fundamental human rights.
Mr Gumi is not unknown for making controversial statements regarding bandits and killer herdsmen. On Wednesday, he described bandits and killer herdsmen’s atrocities as “a tribal war,” accusing the government of taking sides.
“What you call banditry when you cross to the other side, you find out Nigeria is fighting a tribal war,” he explained.
The SSS spokesman Peter Afunanya did not respond to inquiry to confirm the arrest.