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General News of Saturday, 1 May 2021


Mastermind of Kankara schoolboys abduction shot dead by rival gang

Auwal Daudawa, the leader of the bandits behind the kidnapping of the Kankara schoolboys in Katsina State has been shot to death by a rival gang, Daily Trust reports.

This comes after he returned to the forest four days after making a U-turn on renouncing banditry.

The newspaper said that sources noted that Daudawa was shot dead during a gun duel with a rival gang at Dumburum forest located between Zurmi local government in Zamfara state and Batsari local government in Katsina state, on the evening of Friday, April 30.

According to the report, the notorious bandit shot to prominence after he masterminded the attack on Government Secondary School, Kankara, where he abducted over 300 schoolboys.

The bandit later appeared in Gusau, capital of Zamfara, along with five of his men where he announced his repentance and handed over 20 AK rifles and other weapons to the police. Sahara Reporters also reports that sources said Daudawa was killed while leading his men on a revenge attack on boys loyal to another bandit called Ballolo.

It was gathered that while Daudawa was in Gusau following his repentance, some armed members of the Ballolo camp attacked the position of his men in an attempt to rustle their cattle, killing two of Daudawa’s gang members in the process.

The incident was said to have infuriated Daudawa and vowed to retaliate. Daily Trust further stated that while Daudawa’s gang succeeded in killing some persons in the opposing gang, their leader was gunned down by Ballolo’s boys.

The Zamfara state commissioner for security and home affairs, Abubakar Dauran, who confirmed the incident, said Daudawa was killed after he murdered somebody and rustled his cattle.

He said: “After he swore by the Qur’an never to go back to his old ways, we heard that he went back under the guise of going to attend the wedding of his relatives but he instead resumed his illegal activities. “We heard that he killed someone and attempted to rustle his cattle but the other people in the forest rose up to him and killed him in the process."

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