A infamous terror kingpin working across the Dansadau axis of the huge Kuyambana Forest, Ali Kachalla, is the one liable for the latest capturing down of a Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet, Daily Trust experiences.
The forest straddles Zamfara, Kebbi Kaduna and Niger states.
When the navy jet was downed by means of using heavy artillery energy on June 18, no particulars had been obtainable concerning the incident from each official and unofficial sources and nothing a lot got here out after then.
Therefore, the gang of bandits liable for the capturing down the jet was not identified.
But speaking to locals, safety personnel and different individuals with the understanding of happenings within the areas troubled by rural banditry, the newspaper gathered that Ali Kachalla, a shrewd terrorist with hideout in Kuyambana masterminded the operation.
Kachalla, initially a chieftaincy title within the Kanuri language, is extensively used as an honorific for bandit leaders within the North-West.
The fighter jet was introduced down by males of Kachalla’s gang close to Kabaru village, situated some 15 km west of Dansadau city.
According to the report, Ali Kachalla controls over 200 armed males in Kuyambana Forest and has carried out a sequence of brutal assaults on communities within the district.
He is claimed to be identified to take particular curiosity in ambushing navy personnel.
Those who know him stated he was born in Madada, a hamlet close to Dansadau to a household of herders. He is claimed to be in his early 30s.
Kachalla’s present base is situated alongside the financial institution of a river referred to as River Goron Dutse, which is about 25 km south of Dansadau city.
Goron Dutse River is located throughout the Kaduna – Zamfara boundary, with components of it in Kaduna State and the opposite half in Zamfara State.
“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,” the newspaper quoted a supply within the space as saying.
“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’s males are described as “fearless fighters” and have been laying ambush for safety operatives for fairly a very long time. His gang members are stated to outnumber most of these in different gangs within the space.
In latest instances, Kachalla has stepped up assaults on Dansadau city to protest the blocking of provides to him from the city and the villagers’ assist in the escape of the navy pilot who he wished to seize alive. In one of many assaults, his males set an Armoured Personnel Carrier ablaze, after chasing safety forces deployed to the city.
“Dansadau community has drawn the ire of Kachalla and his boys after local traders were blocked from selling food to him,” one supply stated.
“There are some unscrupulous elements among the local traders who still take bread, soft drinks and other groceries to the bandits in the forest.”
Despite his rise to prominence on account of the boys and arms cache he controls, Ali Kachalla stays a shadowy determine, making it troublesome to get any image or video clip of him.
While some bandits’ leaders are identified to work together with locals and even go to markets in some areas, Kachalla and most key bandits working round Kuyambana keep away from any type of direct interplay with the surface world.