Kaduna State Government has confirmed the killing of Nasiru Kachalla, a notorious bandit responsible for the kidnapping and killing of many victims abducted along Kaduna-Abuja highway, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway as well as communities around Chikun and Kajuru Local Government Areas of the state.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said Kachalla, who has been on the run for masterminding several criminal acts including kidnappings, killings, cattle rustling and banditry, was killed in a clash between his gang and a rival group of bandits.
Though the time of death was not stated, Aruwan said his death was confirmed by security agencies and human intelligence networks, which also stated that criminals from the rival sides were also killed, including some of Kachalla’s lieutenants.
A statement signed by Aruwan on Monday stated that a clash over a large herd of rustled cattle had triggered the fatal confrontation between the two rival groups in a forest around the boundaries of Kajuru and Chikun Local Government Areas of Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
He said while Kachalla was being pursued, security agents had arrested three members of his gang including Tukur Usman, Shehu Bello and Mustapha Mohammed in April 2020.
Daily Trust spoke to one of Kachalla’s victims abducted along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway in early December, who confirmed the picture of Kachalla made available by the state government as the “terror” whose gang kidnapped him and other persons as well as executed victims who could not raise the ransom.
Having sold his house to raise part of the N4 million paid for his release from Kachalla about a week ago, the victim said: “I am very happy that he has been killed; this is good news.
“He was not more than 35-years, yet he terrorised us and during my 12-days in captivity, I watched as he ordered the execution of people who could not raise the ransom.”