The Kaduna State Government revealed on Wednesday that the feared bandit leader Kachalla Gudau was one of the soldiers’ casualties.
This was confirmed by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner of the Kaduna State Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, who released a statement on Wednesday.
In the local government regions of Chikun, Kachia, and Kajuru, a bandit leader named Kachalla Gudau led a sizable contingent of foot troops in the kidnapping and murder of a number of innocent people.
The statement claims that Kachalla Gudau was one of the bandits killed by Nigerian Army soldiers on Sunday near Kankomi in Kaduna State.
Aruwan further explained that he received a credible intelligent report that the remain of Gudau who was killed in the Kankomi Forest was retrieved by a large number of bandits under his command, and buried in a location around Kaku Forest situated in Kaso general area of Chikun LGA.
He also confirmed the killing of another key bandit leader popularly known as ‘Rigimamme,’ who is reportedly one of Gudau’s trusted lieutenants.
“Gudau played leading roles in the joint kidnappings of students and expatriates in Kajuru, Chikun and Kachia councils, aside the murders of kidnapped citizens and victims who resisted abduction,” he said.
He further avowed that Gudau was engaged in coordinated attacks on herder settlements and stealing of livestock, which made him a possessor of large herds of cattle which he sold making millions of naira.
“The high point of his cattle rustling spree came in the first and second quarters of 2022, in Kajuru LGA alone, Gudau and his partners rustled 1,600 and 3, 332 cattle respectively, a total of 4,932 cows stolen in the first six months of 2022,” the statement further added.