Following his surrender, Auwal Daudawa, the mastermind of the abduction of students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, has opened up on why he led the operation, insisting that it wasn’t because of money.
Recall that Daudawa has surrendered himself to the Nigerian Police on Tuesday 9th February, saying he agreed to surrender his guns to authorities after he learnt that armed banditry was fruitless and meaningless.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust, the full story which according to the daily will be made available on paper and its social media platforms during the weekend, Daudawa said he led the Kankara boys’ abduction because Governor Masari dared them and he wanted to prove to the government that he had the capacity to carry out such an attack. Read also: Kankara Abduction: Such An Incident Won’t Happen Again – IGP
According to him, Governor Masari had ruled out the option of dialoguing with his group and he wanted to show the governor that they were capable of causing violence. He reportedly noted that such mass abduction is his first as he has never done such before. “I have never done that kind of mass abduction in Zamfara. I did that in Katsina because the governor came out to say he will not dialogue again with our people”, Daily Trust reported he said.
“So, we said since they said they were not interested in peace deal and they were sending military jets to torment our people, and destroy what we had, we should take the battle to those who are not interested in peace. I did that to demonstrate that I had the capacity to do it and I was not afraid of anybody other than Allah. It was for the government, and the whole world to know that we could do it but were hitherto not interested in something like that”, he added. Read also: Negotiating With Bandits Is A Waste Of Time – El-Rufai
Daudawa also denied that his group collected ransom before releasing the over 300 abducted students, challenging anyone who has contrary evidence to speak up. “After the abduction you could see that I was not difficult to come around during talks because I did not do it because of money. If it were for money, I would not have released them even for N2 trillion. The whole world knows, if I was given money it would be known, if I was not given it is also known. It cannot be hidden”, Daily Trust reported he said.