Troops neutralise several bandits in Kaduna — Commissioner

Troops neutralise several bandits in Kaduna — Commissioner

By Mohammed Tijjani, Kaduna.


The Kaduna State Government, says Nigerian Army troops have neutralised several bandits at the Tollgate general area of Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.


The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the development in a statement on Saturday in Kaduna.


Aruwan also disclosed that a notorious bandit, Boderi Isiya, narrowly escaped death. while his deadly second-in-command and several other fighters were gunned down by the troops.


According to him, security agencies informed the Kaduna State Government of the development in an operational feedback.


He said that a painstaking check with credible intelligence sources further confirmed that Boderi and his terror group had a bad day at the hands of the combat-ready troops.


According to the reports, the troops engaged the bandits around the Tollgate general area of Chikun LGA, he said.


“The bandits scrambled in retreat, only to run into another ambush laid by the troops in Sabon Gida general area.


“The troops engaged the bandits ferociously and ultimately subdued them.


“Corpses and weapons were recovered at the scene, while some of the terrorists eventually died from bullet wounds.


“Boderi’s deadly second-in-command, one Musti, was among those identified to have been eliminated, alongside one Yellow Mai-Madrid and one Dan-Katsinawa, with others yet to be identified,” he said.


The commissioner also said some of the terrorists were battling with life-threatening wounds.


Aruwan disclosed that Musti and Boderi were responsible for the security breach at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.


He added that they were also responsible for the kidnap of students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, the Emir of Bungudu and several other citizens in 2021.


The commissioner said that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai praised the troops for the commendable feat, under the leadership of the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja.


Aruwan noted that it was the latest of the notable breakthroughs, recorded since the GOC took command of the Army division.


“The Kaduna State Government will keep the public updated on further developments.


“Citizens with useful information regarding bandits, seeking medical attention in the general area and elsewhere, are encouraged to bring such information forward via the following numbers: 09034000060, 08170189999,” he said.

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