How Zamfara Govt Paid Bandits’ Leader Behind Kankara Schoolboys Abduction, Auwalun Millions Of Naira To ‘Repent’
Auwalun Daudawa, the leader of the band of bandits who kidnapped over 300 schoolboys in Katsina State Kankara Local Government Area who gave up some weapons and ‘repented’ on Monday, was paid millions of naira to surrender, gathered by SaharaReporters.
Although Auwalun, while speaking in Gusau, the state capital of Zamfara, after taking an oath of repentance, claimed that he had not been given a kobo, sources familiar with the negotiations between the top commander of the government and the state government said that he had been paid millions of naira as compensation for some of his gang members killed by security operatives.
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He claimed that many of his boys had been killed by security agents and asked the government to compensate him so that he could have the money to look after the family members of those who had been killed.
The source said, “He also asked for money to buy cows for his boys to keep them busy.”
On Monday, Auwalun and six of his lieutenants turned over 20 AK 47 rifles, ammunition and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher to the state government of Zamfara.
“We have repented willingly. I was convinced by the state government’s approach to reconciling peace with armed bandits. I learned from those who repented before me that there was no single government plan to harm me and my boys by using security agencies, so we are now back to normal lives like other peace-loving Nigerians,” he said.
On December 11, 2020, Auwalun Daudawa and his gang invaded Kankara Government Science Secondary School at around 11 pm, indiscriminately shooting to frighten residents.
The operation resulted in over 344 students disappearing.
When President Muhammadu Buhari was visiting his home state of Katsina, the abduction occurred.
Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara, said the schoolboys were rescued with the help of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) after their release on December 17, 2020, and that no ransom was paid.
Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari also stated that it was false to insinuate that ransom had been paid for the release of the boys from their abductors.
However, in a leaked telephone conversation between Auwalun and Haruna Musa Mota, a former chairman of the Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, the bandit commander admitted that the group collected N30m from the state government.
“When Mota said that some government officials claimed that the group was given N800 million, he exclaimed and said, “You said what? Huh? N800m? Again, how many million? Who was saying this? They paid N30 million and claimed N800m, and now they’ve stopped raising cattle.
“The former council boss replied, “I’m going to send you the speech and I’m going to advise you to speak out so citizens will know you did what you did for peace and N30 million was what they paid you. They call us thieves while they are the real thieves. This is not fair at all. We want peace, but there is no integrity in this governor.’
A few days later, Mota was arrested over alleged ties to the bandits.
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