Acclaimed repentant Kankara abduction mastermind, killed days after returning to forest


The Kankara Abduction mastermind, Auwalun Daudawa, who recently claimed to have repented from criminalities has been killed barely nine days after he returned to the forest.

Ibrahim Zauma, a spokesperson to the Governor of Katsina State, broke the news late Friday via his Twitter handle.

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He wrote “Just in: Barely nine days after Auwalun Daudawa returned to the jungle after swearing oath on the Glorious Quran never to go back to banditry, he met his waterloo! He was killed while trying to rustle,”

Daudawa who was prominent for masterminding the abduction of over 300 students from a boys’ secondary boarding school on the outskirts of Kankara, Katsina State, last December, surrendered his weapons under an amnesty programme by the Zamfara State Government in February.

He recounted in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust how he picked up arms, restating that he had forsaken his past.

“I have repented and submitted myself. I don’t want to look back at all. If some of us at some point came out to renounce violence and go back and continue their old ways, that is their own choice.

“If someone repents but has arms in the bush, you know it cannot be a sincere one. In my case I carried myself and the arms I had and turned myself in, what should I go back and do? If I do anything Allah sees it.”

However, against his words, Daudawa went back to his past.

A security source and two other sources close to the bandit confirmed to Daily Trust a few days ago that the “repentant bandit” has relocated to one of the forests, near the border with Katsina.

“He called one of his contacts in Gusau to inform him that he had arrived at the forest and decided to pick up arms again. He did not inform anybody before he left,” one of the sources said.


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