Auwalun Daudawa, the man identified as the gang leader behind the kidnapping of hundreds of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina state has surrendered to authorities in an amnesty deal. AFP reports.
Auwalun Daudawa was said to have led dozens of gunmen who snatched students from their school hostels in the town of Kankara in a crime that sparked global outrage and highlighted growing instability in the country.
The abductions happened when President Muhammadu Buhari was visiting his home state of Katsina. Some students managed to escape and officials said around 340 were freed days later after negotiations.
Daudawa surrendered to local officials on Monday with six of his gang members, the local government spokesman said in a statement.
Daudawa and his comrades surrendered 20 Kalashnikovs and other weapons.
Northwest Nigeria has been terrorised by criminal gangs who raid villages, stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom and burning homes after looting supplies.
Nineteen people were killed at the weekend when armed men raided two villages in Kaduna state.
The gangs also attack travellers at bogus checkpoints on the highway and abduct them. Hostages are usually released after ransom payment.
Most of the Kankara children were released after days in captivity following negotiations between the abductors and officials of Zamfara and Katsina states.