The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the killing of one Rufai Maikaji, described as a commander of bandits terrorising the state.
He was said to have been killed in an aerial interdiction conducted by the Nigerian troops.
Maikaji’ and dozens of his fighters were neutralized around the fringes of Malul forest in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Samuel Aruwan, the state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, said the aerial missions in which the bandits were killed were conducted at the end of last month.
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He said when Maikaji and his gang sighted the ground troops, they escaped from Anaba village of Igabi local government, where they killed some people, burnt houses and kidnapped some locals.
According to Aruwan, the prompt response by the air platforms ended the reign of terror maintained by the bandits’ commander and his “bloodsucking accomplices”.
He said Maikaji and his group were confirmed to be responsible for the killing, kidnapping and cattle rustling in many communities in Giwa, Igabi and Chikun local government areas.
Among the areas raided by the syndicate were: Iyatawa, Garke, Kumfa, Bakali, Karau-karau and Galadimawa, Anaba, Kerawa, Hashimawa, Sabon Birni, Buruku general area and parts of Chikun local government axis of Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road.
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“‘Rufai Maikaji’ is said to have begun his ignoble career as an errand boy to some deadly bandits in and around Sabon Birni general area of Igabi LGA.
“From this position, he grew to become a household name in banditry,” Aruwan said.
He assured residents of the state that security operatives are on the trail of other accomplices of Maikaji’s gang.