‘Crisis and Infighting’ break out among bandits, as ‘Mastermind’ of Catholic seminarian abduction shot dead.


The camp of the bandits in Kaduna has been thrown into mourning and confusion as Nasiru Kachalla, a suspected bandit leader, has reportedly been shot dead in a clash between his group and a rival gang in Kaduna state.

The news of his death was made known in a statement on Monday by Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for internal security and home affairs, who said security agencies confirmed the killing of Kachalla.

Nasiru Kachalla, has been at large after masterminding several criminal acts, including the kidnapping and killing of a Catholic seminarian, was killed during the clash at a forest around the boundaries of Kajuru-Chikun local government areas of the state.

According to the news, the clash, which claimed the lives of several members of the rival bandit groups, was said to have happened as a result of a dispute over a large herd of rustled cattle.

“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. The criminals later killed one of the seminarians, Michael Nnadi and Mrs. Ataga before releasing her children,” Aruwan 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.

“While Kachalla was being pursued, security agents arrested three members of his gang, Tukur Usman, Shehu Bello and Mustapha Mohammed in April 2020.”

Aruwan said Nasir el-Rufai, governor of the state, has appealed to residents of Tsohon Gaya, Sabon Gaya and other communities whose members are missing to remain calm

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