Kaduna State Government said security agencies had confirmed the killing of a notorious bandit, Nasiru Kachalla.
According to the State Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, Kachalla, who had 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.
Aruwan said Human intelligence networks confirmed that criminals from the rival sides were also killed, including some of Kachalla’s lieutenants.
He said the clash occurred in a forest around the boundaries of Kajuru-Chikun local government areas of Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
Aruwan said a dispute over a large herd of rustled cattle was said to have triggered the fatal confrontation.
He further stated that Kachalla and his gang were involved in several crimes, including kidnappings, killings and banditry on the Kaduna-Abuja road and also in the Chikun/Kajuru general areas.
Aruwan said he was the mastermind of the 9th January, 2020 kidnapping of seminarians of Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, and the 24th January, 2020 kidnapping of Mrs Bola Ataga and her two children.
He said the criminals later killed one of the seminarians, Michael Nnadi and Mrs Ataga before releasing her children.
He said Kachalla’s criminal gang was also responsible for the kidnap of six students and two teachers of Engravers College, in Kakau village of Chikun local government on 3rd October, 2019.
Aruwan said while Kachalla was being pursued, security agents arrested three members of his gang, Tukur Usman, Shehu Bello and Mustapha Mohammed in April 2020.
In another development, troops repelled an attempted attack by bandits along the Galadimawa-Zaria road in Giwa local government area.
Aruwan said the bandits blocked the road for some minutes, shooting sporadically at motorists plying the route.
He said a combined team of the 4 Battalion and Field Engineers Regiment of the Nigerian army mobilized to the location.
Aruwan said the road was cleared and normalcy was restored, with no kidnapping or harm to motorists.
He said the troops and police were currently dominating the area with patrols.
Aruwan said the state government was also informed of an incident in a forest located in the Western part of Chikun local government, where bandits opened fire on some hunters.
He said security agencies were carrying out investigations to ascertain the exact location as well as fatalities if any.
Citizens would be briefed on the operational feedback as it emerged, he stated.
He said Governor Nasir el-Rufai had appealed to Tsohon Gaya, Sabon Gaya and other communities with members missing in the hunting expedition to remain calm.