A infamous gang chief behind the kidnapping of greater than 300 college students in Nigeria in December has been killed by a rival gang, officers say.
Auwalu Daudawa was reportedly ambushed as he tried to steal a herd of cattle from an armed group in northwest Zamfara state.
Daudawa would have carried out the kidnapping in Katsina state.
He obtained an amnesty as a part of a peace deal in February, however reportedly returned to his gang earlier this week.
Below the phrases of the February deal, Daudawa was pardoned in Zamfara state after saying he repented and turned his arms over to the federal government.
Members of his legal gang have been promised housing by State Governor Bello Matawalle, in addition to assist to enhance their livelihoods.
On Friday, Daudawa and 4 different members of his gang have been fatally shot in a shootout in a forest close to the border with Katsina, an area official instructed AFP information company.
“He led his males on a revenge mission to avenge the demise of two of his males by the rival gang in a failed raid on one in all his camps final month,” the official added.
The kidnapping of lots of of schoolchildren in Katsina state in December, reportedly led by the Daudawa gang, was one in all many raids blamed on bandits looking for ransom fee.
The scholars have been reunited with their households every week after their kidnapping.
The federal government later insisted that no ransom was paid on this case, however that the boys have been launched after negotiations with the abductors.
BBC Africa Editor-in-Chief Will Ross says information of Daudawa’s demise is prone to reignite debate over whether or not offers needs to be made with infamous criminals.
These gangs have made kidnapping college students a profitable enterprise in Nigeria due to the fee of a ransom, our correspondent provides.
Schoolchildren, together with a lot of outstanding enterprise and political figures, have been repeatedly kidnapped and launched after a ransom has been paid – although not on the size seen in December, when greater than 300 boys have been kidnapped from their boarding college on the outskirts of Kankara City.
The Islamist militant group Boko Haram mentioned on the time that it was behind the raid and that it had recruited native gangs to hold out the assault.
Boko Haram has beforehand focused faculties due to its opposition to Western schooling, which it says corrupts Muslim values. The group’s title loosely interprets to “Western schooling is prohibited”.