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Abductor of Kankara schoolboys, Auwal Daudawa killed in gun duel with rival gang

Four days after he renounced his earlier repentance and returned to the forest, Auwal Daudawa, best known for his role in the abduction of the 300 schoolboys in Katsina State, has been killed in a rival fight.

Daudawa was allegedly shot dead Friday evening during a gun duel with a rival gang at Dumburum forest, located between Zurmi Local Government in Zamfara State and Batsari Local Government in Katsina State.

The notorious bandit became known after he masterminded the attack on Government Secondary School, Kankara, where he abducted over 300 schoolboys overnight.

Two months later, he appeared in Gusau, along with five of his men, announced his repentance and handed over 20 AK rifles and other weapons to the police.

It was gathered that while Daudawa was in Gusau following his repentance, some armed members of the Ballolo camp attacked the position of his men in an attempt to rustle their cattle, killing two of Daudawa’s gang members in the process. He was said to have vowed to retaliate.

While Daudawa’s gang succeeded in killing some persons in the opposing group, their leader was felled by bullets of Ballolo’s boys.

Analysts had said that Daudawa’s going back to the forest would affect the controversial peace deal and amnesty for bandits being championed by the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

Confirming the story, Zamfara’s Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran said Daudawa was killed after he killed somebody and rustled his cattle.

“After he swore by the Qur’an never to go back to his old ways, we heard that he went back under the guise of going to attend wedding of his relatives but he instead resumed his illegal activities.

“We heard that he killed someone and attempted to rustle his cattle but the other people in the forest rose up to him and killed him in the process,” he said.

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