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Dialogue: Terror Leader Behind Attacks In Northwest, Northcentral Blasts Kaduna Governor’s Stance

Dogo Gide, a terror leader responsible for several attacks in Northcentral and Northwest Nigeria has threatened more violence following Kaduna Gov’s position.

Dogo Gide, a terror leader believed to be behind incessant attacks in Niger and Kaduna states, has called out Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, for his stance against dialogue with terror groups.

Gide, who is also believed to have ties with Jihadist groups, was behind the killing of Buharin Daji, his former boss, who was a dreaded cattle rustling kingpin.

He was reported to have expressed his displeasure with the Kaduna State Governor when Ahmad Gumi, the Kaduna based Islamic cleric, visited his enclave on Thursday.

The peace dialogues between the Islamic Cleric Gumi and the Fulani gang leader were held in Dutsen Magaji forest enclave in Niger State. He also threatened the people of Kaduna based on the position of their governor.

While speaking, Gumi assured the terror gang leader that governors in the Northwest region have accepted to improve the conditions of Fulani herders.

HumAngle had earlier reported Gide as having alleged ties with the Al Qaeda affiliate group, known as Ansaru, operating in Northwestern Nigeria.

Gide has denied having ties with the Boko Haram terror group or its breakaway factions and blamed his rivals’ allegation.

During the talks, he was reported to have welcomed the peace effort and promised to facilitate captives’ release.

At the peace meeting, the various terror groups expressed their grievances and complained about vigilantes’ activities and the impact of airstrikes.

Fighters can be seen in multiple pictures shared online carrying AK pattern rifles and belt-fed machine guns.

In June, the military dispatched attack aircraft and helicopter gunships to engage a terror group camp in the Zamfara forest area. The airstrikes led to the destruction of the camp, killing and wounding scores of fighters.

The camp known as Kango in Maru District was formed in a dislodged village that sits north of Kuyanbana forest in Zamfara State.

Dogo Gide was also reported to have been wounded during the airstrikes.

In Oct. 2020, the terror leader disclosed that he would continue his acts of terror if the military continued to conduct air raids on his hideout.

Gumi had previously visited Fulani communities and terror groups in Kaduna and Zamfara states.

The cleric’s visit was part of his peacebuilding and outreach efforts to Fulani communities and armed groups in the Northcentral region.

According to an International Crisis Group report in May 2020, the conflict between Hausa farmers and Fulani herders has killed at least 8,000 people since 2011 and displaced more than 200,000 who have moved over to the neighbouring Niger Republic.

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