- The amnesty offered to bandits in Zamfara state has suffered a major setback
- One of the bandit leaders who accepted the amnesty has reportedly returned back to the forest to continue his previous criminal activities
- The bandit, Auwal Daudawa, planned the abduction of over 300 students in Katsina state in December 2020 which sparked outrage globally
A report by Daily Trust indicates that the bandit leader, Auwal Daudawa, who planned the abduction of over 300 students in Katsina state has gone back to banditry.
According to the report, Daudawa abandoned the amnesty offered to him by the Zamfara state government and returned back to the trenches, less than three months after his celebrated repentance.
A security source quoted in the report said Daudawa has relocated to one of the forests, near the border with Katsina state.
Daudawa, originally from Zamfara, coordinated the mass abduction of the students of Government Secondary School Kankara, in December 2020.
About two months later, Daudawa was paraded before Governor Bello Matawalle in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, where he proclaimed his decision to be a changed man.
Daudawa and five of his lieutenants surrendered 20 AK 47 rifles, ammunition and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher, during the ceremony.
One of the sources quoted in the report said:
“He called one of his contacts in Gusau to inform him that he had arrived at the forest and decided to pick up arms again. He did not inform anybody before he left.”
Daudawa was said to have been frustrated by the lack of proper engagement after he had laid down arms.
Meanwhile, police operatives in Benue state on Wednesday, April 28 killed three bandits and recovered dangerous weapons in Katsina-Ala local government area.
Vanguard reports that the recovered weapons included two AK47 riffles, 29 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, knives, and cutlasses.
Recall that Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, a prominent Islamic cleric, this week, called on the Nigerian government to grant amnesty to the armed bandits wreaking havoc across northern Nigeria.
Sheikh Gumi who was recently at the forefront of the negotiations with bandits said those he met in the past have repented.
Earlier this month, four bandit leaders denounced their illegal activities in Katsina state and surrendered 45 rustled cattle, two General Purpose machine guns, 24 AK 47 assault rifles, 109 GMPG ammunition, 95 7.62MM Live Ammunition, among others.
Parading them before the press, the Katsina commissioner of police, CP Sanusi Buba explained that their surrender is part of the Katsina police command’s effort in the ongoing onslaught against criminality in the state.