Ali Kachalla, the alleged mastermind behind the downing of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet in July, is known to have planned to capture its pilot alive.
Abayomi Dairo, a flight lieutenant and pilot of the jet, survived after successfully ejecting from the aircraft that was shot down near Kabaru village, located some 15 km west of Dansadau town in Zamfara state.
The Daily Trust reported Kachalla, who is one of the bandit leaders who operate in the northwest of the country, has increased his attacks on Dansadau town to protest the town’s refusal to supply him and their aid in escaping the captured military pilot.
According to reports, the bandit leader controls over 200 armed men in the Kuyambana forest and is well known for ambushing military personnel. According to the publication, armed men outnumber those in other gangs in the area.
According to local sources;
“His settlement consisting of several strings of thatched huts is on Birnin Gwari side of the river. But, his large herd of cattle being manned by his heavily armed boys is based in Zamfara State. “As I’m talking to you his boys can be found in Dandalla, Madada and Gobirawa Kwacha communities. The villages are all situated southeast of Dansadau town. They are all being controlled by the armed men.”
Kachalla and his men set an armoured personnel carrier ablaze after chasing security forces in the town in one of the attacks.
A source said;
“Dansadau community has drawn the ire of Kachalla and his boys after local traders were blocked from selling food to him. “There are some unscrupulous elements among the local traders who still take bread, soft drinks and other groceries to the bandits in the forest.”
Residents of the community recently protested against the business transactions and blocked every attempt by the traders to deal with the bandits.
In collaboration with residents, security operatives have intensified efforts to arrest suspected informants.