- The abduction of Kankara boys was to prove a point to Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara
- This was the claim of Auwal Daudawa, the gang leader who spoke on Wednesday, February 17
- Daudawa said he and his gang members wanted to show the governor that they had the potential to cause havoc
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The truth as to why bandits kidnapped Kankara boys in Katsina state has been revealed by the gang leader himself, Auwal Daudawa.
Speaking with Daily Trust in a recent interview, Daudawa confessed that the gang launched the attack because Governor Bello Matawalle dared his colleagues.
The repentant bandit said Governor Matawalle had vowed that he will never dialogue with criminals, so it was vital for them to shock him with their capacity for violence.
"I did that in Katsina because the governor came out to say he will not dialogue again with our people. So, we said since they said they were not interested in a peace deal and they were sending military jets to torment our people and destroy what we had, we should take the battle to those who are not interested in peace.
“I did that to demonstrate that I had the capacity to do it and I was not afraid of anybody other than Allah. It was for the government, and the whole world to know that we could do it but were hitherto not interested in something like that.”
Moreover, he dismissed claims that the gang received a ransom for the release of the victims and stated that whoever has a contrary position should prove it.
Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi had said some Nigerian governors were not serious to frontally deal with insecurity in their states.
Bello on Thursday, February 18, admitted that in the past, Kogi was a hub of violence by kidnappers, bandits, and terrorists.
He claimed that some governors are yet to prioritise security in their state that is why when ideas are shared on the platform of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) not many results are realised.
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.