Ali Kachalla, been identified as the mastermind of the downing of the fighter jet of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in July.
The jet was returning from an air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna states when it came under heavy fire from bandits and crashed in Zamfara.
Abayomi Dairo, a flight lieutenant and pilot of the jet, survived after he successfully ejected from the aircraft.
After shooting down the NAF jet might, Kachala and his men went after the pilot in a bid to capture him alive but they were unable to do that as he evaded them and also, he got some help from the villagers.
This angered Kachalla and he has stepped up attacks on Dansadau town to protest the help they rendered the pilot and for blocking of supplies to him from the town and the villagers.
Kachalla’s men are described as “fearless fighters” and they have mastered the act of laying ambush for security operatives for a long time. His boys are also said to outnumber most of those in other gangs in the area, so nobody troubles him.
In one of such attacks, his men reportedly set an armoured personnel carrier ablaze, after chasing security forces deployed in the town away.