Auwal Daudawa, the Zamfara State bandit leader accused of masterminding the abduction of over 300 students in neighboring Katsina State on December 12, 2020, has returned to the forest weeks after professing repentance and surrendering his weapons.
According to report, Daudawa has returned to the forest to gather arms. On Monday, April 26, Daudawa reportedly packed his family and lieutenants and returned to Jaja forest in Zurmi Local Government, according to the paper.
Daudawa and five of his lieutenants surrendered 20 AK 47 rifles, ammunition, and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher to the Zamfara state government on Monday, February 8, just weeks after the boys were released. They renounced their ties to the bandits and vowed to never return to thievery.
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One of the sources said;
“He called one of his contacts in Gusau to inform him that he had arrived at the forest and decided to pick up arms again. He did not inform anybody before he left”.
According to the report, Daudawa was distressed by the lack of proper engagement after he had laid down his guns. He and remorseful members of his gang were housed in a government chalet for weeks before being able to move in with his family in Damba, on the outskirts of Gusau.
“His upkeep was being shouldered by the government. I don’t know what it was he needed. Perhaps his tall expectations were not met,” one security source in Gusau disclosed.
A senior security official on Wednesday said
“Honestly, there is a problem with that arrangement because you cannot claim to have a peace accord when there is no paperwork where the parties sign on specified conditions”.
Daudawa’s action, according to security analysts in the state, is a significant setback for the peace agreement and amnesty for bandits championed by Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle.