Islamic cleric, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, has said that bandits are intensifying attacks and kidnapping in parts of the country.
Gumi said the bandits are trying to raise money to acquire anti-aircraft missiles and attack the military.
The Islamic cleric, who recently visited forests in Zamfara State to discuss with the bandits, said his interaction with the bandits showed that they engage in kidnapping and collection of ransom to raise money to buy weapons.
Gumi on his return from the forest called on the government to grant amnesty to the bandits so they could drop their weapons.
While explaining that the bandits were victims seeking justice, Gumi warned that it was important for the government to urgently meet with them before becoming religiously radicalised and uncontrollable like the Boko Haram insurgents.