Bandit Leader Behind Kankara Schoolboys’ Abduction Surrenders

February 10, 2021
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The leader of one of the criminal groups behind the abduction of more than 300 of the Kankara boys in North-western Nigeria has surrendered to authorities in exchange for an amnesty agreement.

Zamfara state government said Awwalun Daudawa and six other members of the armed group had handed over their weapons, swearing on the Holy Quran not to return to their former practices.

Daudawa had kidnapped the 344 schoolboys in the Katsina State on  behalf of the Boko Haram jihadist group.

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Daudawa, 43, was originally a cattle thief who turned to arms trafficking, particularly between Libya and northern Nigeria, where he traded with criminal and jihadist groups.

Over time, he forged an alliance with Boko Haram and became their arms trafficker, a security source told AFP.

Authorities have sought to negotiate peace agreements with these bandits, offering them amnesty in exchange for their weapons.

Addressing reporters, Daudawa said dozones of other armed bandits had told him they were ready to cease fighting, provided they are not subsequently harassed.

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