Nigerian Troops Neutralise Dreaded Bandits’ Leader, Others

Muhammed Abubakar Reporting

GALLANT troops of the Nigerian Army have neutralised a dreaded bandit, Kachalla Gudau, during a fierce operation in Kaduna State.

He was among the bandits killed by troops of the Nigerian Army on Sunday, at Kankomi in Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the killing in a statement.

He said Kachalla, who commands a large number of foot soldiers, has been carrying out kidnappings and killings in Chikun, Kachia and Kajuru local government areas before nemesis caught up with him.

According to Aruwan, a diligent exploitation of human intelligence networks corroborated other pieces of available intelligence which confirmed that Gudau was, indeed, one of those felled by the bullets of the courageous troops.

The gallant troops, he added, repelled an attack led by the notorious bandit himself, ending his ignoble reign of brutality and evil.

The remains of the notorious bandit – who is said to have links with other notorious kingpins across the North-West and North-Central states – were retrieved in the Kankomi Forest where he bled to death.

Credible sources reported that after his remains were retrieved, a large number of bandits under his command buried him in a location said to be around Kaku Forest situated in the Kaso general area of Chikun LGA.

Gudau, according to security reports, played leading roles in the joint kidnappings of students and expatriates in Kajuru, Chikun, and Kachia councils, aside from the killing of kidnapped citizens and victims who resisted abduction.

Gudau was also credited with being engaged in coordinated attacks on herder settlements, dispossessing them of livestock which made him the illegal possessor of large herds of cattle.

The rustled animals he regularly traded for amounts running into millions of naira.

He also made deals for illicit drugs and the acquisition of sophisticated arms and ammunition.

The high point of his cattle rustling spree came in the first and second quarters of 2022 where in Kajuru LGA alone, Gudau and his partners rustled 1,600 and 3, 332 cattle respectively, a total of 4,932 cows stolen in the first six months of 2022.

The identity of another of the neutralized bandits whose remains were found by the troops has been confirmed as ‘Rigimamme’ one of Gudau’s trusted criminal aides.

The heat of the kinetic operations which denied his bandits freedom of action may have prompted the attack on the military base in Kankomi, where he met his waterloo.

The Commissioner also stated that the resolve of Governor Nasir El-Rufai to pursue the containment of terrorism and all forms of crime threatening the security and safety of citizens, remains unshakeable.

He noted that the government of Kaduna State, under his watch, will continue to support security forces on all fronts.

The inglorious end of Kachalla Gudau, he said, was a welcome development and a clear statement that those who pose a threat to security and safety will certainly have a date with history, and will be made to face justice or their bitter end, no matter how distant it might seem.

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