Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed scores of bandits, among them Kachalla Gudau, who commanded a group carrying out kidnappings and killings in Chikun, Kachia and Kajuru LGAs of Kaduna State.
The incident happened at Kankami area on Sunday, according to available intelligence, which confirmed that Gudau was indeed one of those killed by the troops as they repelled an attack led by the notorious bandit himself.
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A statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the corpse of the bandit – who is said to have links with other notorious kingpins across the North West and North Central states – was retrieved from Kankomi Forest, where he had bled to death.
Aruwan said 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, in the Kaso general area of Chikun LGA.
“The identity of another neutralised bandit whose remains were found by the troops, has been confirmed as ‘Rigimamme’ one of Gudau’s trusted criminal aides.
“Gudau played leading roles in the joint kidnappings of students and expatriates in Kajuru, Chikun and Kachia councils, aside from the murders of kidnapped citizens and victims who resisted abduction,” he said.