Dreaded bandit leader, Kachalla Gudau has been killed by troops of the Nigerian army, during an operation in Kaduna State.
Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said Kachalla, who commands a large number of foot soldiers, has been carrying out kidnappings and killings in Chikun, Kachia, and Kajuru local government areas, was among the bandits neutralized by troops of the Nigerian Army on Sunday, at Kankomi in Kaduna State.
Aruwan said diligent exploitation of human intelligence networks, corroborated other pieces of available intelligence which confirmed that Gudau was indeed one of those felled by the bullets of the courageous troops as they repelled an attack led by the notorious bandit himself, ending his ignoble reign of brutality and evil.
Remains of the notorious bandit who is said to have links with other notorious kingpins across the North-West and North-Central states, was retrieved in the Kankomi Forest where he bled to death.
A large number of bandits under his command, reportedly buried him in a location said to be around Kaku Forest situated in the Kaso general area of Chikun LGA.
The late bandit leader played leading roles in the joint kidnappings of students and expatriates in Kajuru, Chikun, and Kachia councils, aside from the killing of kidnapped citizens and victims who resisted abduction.
He also engaged in coordinated attacks on herder settlements, disposing them of livestock which made him the illegal possessor of large herds of cattle.
The rustled animals he regularly traded for amounts running into millions of naira. He also made deals for illicit drugs and the acquisition of sophisticated arms and ammunition.
The high point of his cattle rustling spree came in the first and second quarters of 2022 where 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 identity of another of the neutralized bandits whose remains were found by the troops has been confirmed as ‘Rigimamme’ one of Gudau’s trusted criminal aides.