Bandits Against Bandits

Bandits Against Bandits
The Nigerian anti-insurgency war appears to be getting into a new phase with reports indicating that the bandits that have been terrorizing the Kaduna/Katsina axis have turned the guns against themselves.

According to reports which have since been confirmed by security sources, the war among the bandits over the sharing formula for large herd of rustled cattle has resulted in the death of many of the terrorists including one of the leaders identified Nasiru Kachalla and a number of his colleagues. 

Kaduna state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, told reporters on Monday that Kachalla, one of the bandits on the run for masterminding several criminal acts, including cattle rustling,kidnappings, murder and general banditry, was gunned down in a fierce clash between his gang and another yet-to-be-identified rival group.

The commissioner who named “human intelligence network” as the source of the information which the commissioner described as very credible, also disclosed that a number of Kachalla’s lieutenants were also killed during the shootout.

“The clash occurred in a forest around the boundaries of Kajuru-Chikun local government areas of Kaduna Central Senatorial District. A dispute over a large herd of rustled cattle is said to have triggered the fatal confrontation.
“Kachalla and his gang were involved in several crimes, including kidnappings, killings and banditry on the Kaduna-Abuja road and also in the Chikun/Kajuru general areas. He was the mastermind of the 9th January 2020 kidnapping of seminarians of Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, and the 24th January 2020 kidnapping of Mrs Bola Ataga and her two children.
“The criminals later killed one of the seminarians, Michael Nnadi and MrsAtaga before releasing her children. “Kachalla’s criminal gang was also responsible for the kidnap of six students and two teachers of Engravers College, in Kakau village of Chikun local government on 3rd October 2019.
“While Kachalla was being pursued, security agents arrested three members of his gang, Tukur Usman, Shehu Bello and Mustapha Mohammed in April 2020.
  

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