Kankara abduction mastermind eliminated

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Officials of the Zamfara state government said the mastermind of the Kankara abduction, Auwalun Daudawa, has been killed.

Daudawa, who is known to have masterminded the abduction of over 300 students from a boys’ secondary boarding school on the outskirts of Kankara, Katsina State was allegedly killed barely nine days after he returned back to the forest.

A spokesperson to the governor of the state, Ibrahim Zauma, twitted “Barely nine days after Auwalun Daudawa returned to the jungle after swearing oath on the Glorious Quran never to go back to banditry, he met his waterloo! He was killed while trying to rustle.”

The notorious bandit, known for masterminding the abduction of over 300 students from a boys’ secondary boarding school last December, surrendered his weapons under an amnesty programme by the Zamfara State Government in February.

In an exclusive interview, he recounted how he picked up arms, restating that he has forsaken his past.

“I have repented and submitted myself. I don’t want to look back at all. If some of us at some point came out to renounce violence and go back and continue their old ways that is their own choice.

If someone repents but has arms in the bush, you know it cannot be a sincere one. In my case I carried myself and the arms I had and turned myself in, what should I go back and do? If I do anything Allah sees it.”

However, against his words, Daudawa went back to the trenches.

A security source and two other sources close to the bandit confirmed to newsmen few days ago that the “repentant bandit” has relocated to one of the forests, near the border with Katsina.

“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,” one of the sources said.

Daudawa holding micro phone

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