- Bandits in Katsina have begun to wage war on themselves
- The criminals, who belonged to two rival bandit factions, killed each other in the Illela part of the state on Thursday, January 21
- Reports have it that it all started when a faction revolted against a gang leader for accepting a peace deal with the state government
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Things are beginning to turn against bandits in Katsina as they now turn against each other with deaths and injuries recorded.
Daily Trust reports that a lot of rival bandits from the camps of Mani Sarki and Dankarami (aided by Abu Rada) were engaged in a bloody and brutal clash that claimed lives in the Illela area of the state.
It was gathered that the violence started when Sarki, a repentant gang leader, accepted the state government's offer of amnesty and relocated to the area to begin a new life.
However, Sarki's decision angered some of his former colleagues and even his followers who have now turned against him.
The Dankarami-led group believes that Sarki now works with the local vigilantes who are their sworn enemies.
Confirming this, a source told the newspaper:
“One of the Sarki-led members, Mani, who is in favour of a peace deal has left the forest and settled in Illela but did not surrender his weapons to the government. So, he is one of the targets of those who are not in favour of the peace deal.
“So, what brought the Dangwate faction to Illela was to get that man. When they came they began a house-to-house search in the bid to get him.
“When they got to the house of Sarkin Pawa Mu’azu, who is the leader of butchers, they found a Dane gun and suspected that he was amongst the vigilantes, who are also their enemies. He told them he was not a vigilante but they shot and killed him.
“They also injured four other persons – Kabiru, Tanimu, Nuhu and Sulaiman – in the village, and they are now receiving treatment in a hospital.”
Meanwhile, an attempted armed bandits’ attack on commuters travelling from Bayelsa state to Jos was foiled by troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on Thursday, December 24.
This was disclosed in a statement released by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, and shared on the Facebook page of Defence Headquarters Nigeria.