Bandits who terrorise communities in Niger opened fire on themselves, leaving 12 dead and several others injured over the weekend in Kaduna.
The leader who is popularly called Mallam Dogogide, had accused his boys of short-changing him after their previous operations.
Dogogide is said to be one of the leaders of the three notorious gangs operating within the areas of Shiroro, Rafi and Munya Local Government Areas in Niger and Birnin Gwari Kaduna State.
Vanguard gathered that Dogogide had frowned at the laid down operational rules by killing villagers without a course and raping married women.
As a result of this annoyance he summoned his boys for a meeting and threatened to sack them and replace them with new recruits.
This did not go down well with his boys and this was said to have led to a heated argument. It was gathered that in the process, one of his boys attempted to kill him when he opened fire but his boss deflected the bullet.
Loyalists of the leader who were not happy over the disloyalty to Dogogide fought back in defence of their leader, opened fire and gunned down twelve people.
Reports say some of the bandits later stormed the village after the fight and abducted ten men to help bury the dead bodies. The ten abductees were, later released after the burying the bodies of the dead bandits and they fled the community.