Bandit leader behind abduction of students in Nigeria killed

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People inside the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Nigeria, Saturday Dec. 12, 2020. Kidnappers have released the remaining 29 students they were holding captive after abducting them in March from a forestry college in Nigeria's Kaduna state the head of the parents' association told Reuters. Photo/Abdullatif Yusuf/AP

Nigeria’s bandit leader Auwalun Daudawa, who led the abduction of over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, Katsina state, has been killed, government sources confirmed.

Channels Television reports that Daudawa had laid down his arms and accepted Governor Bello Matawalle’s peace initiative on February 8.

But a few days ago, it was reported that Daudawa had returned to the forest to continue his banditry.

Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs in Zamfara State, Abubakar Dauran said Daudawa left Gusau in Zamfara two days ago.

He had reportedly told some people that he was going to attend one of his relatives’ wedding.

However, he rustled over 100 cows and killed the herdsman in charge, the Commissioner said.

In retaliation, some people around the area organized and killed him too.

Daudawa had earlier surrendered 20 AK-47 rifles, 20 Magazines, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) and several ammunitions to the Zamfara State government on the day he repented with five of his comrades.

(With input from Channels Television)

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