The Kaduna State government has confirmed that bandits’ leader ‘Rufa’i Maikaji’ was neutralised alongside dozens of his fighters in the State.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State. Samuel Aruwan.
Aruwan disclosed that ‘Rufa’i Maikaji’, a deadly bandit, who commanded over a hundred fighters, was neutralised during air raids in Igabi LGA. He stated that: “Rufa’i Maikaji and dozens of his fighters were neutralised during air interdictions around the fringes of Malul Forest, in Igabi LGA of Kaduna-Central senatorial district.
“The aerial missions in which ‘Maikaji’ and his gang were neutralised were conducted in late February when he (Rufa’i Maikaji) and the bandits under his command, on sighting ground troops, escaped from Anaba village, of Igabi LGA, where they killed some citizens, burnt houses and kidnapped some locals. The prompt response by the air platforms ended the reign of terror maintained by ‘Rufa’i Maikaji’ and his bloodsucking accomplices”, the statement said.
“From further checks, Maikaji and his group were confirmed to be responsible for the killing, kidnapping and cattle rustling in many communities in Giwa, Igabi and Chikun LGAs, especially in the following locations: Iyatawa, Garke, Kumfa, Bakali, Karau-Karau and Galadimawa, Anaba, Kerawa, Hashimawa, Sabon-Birni, Buruku general area and parts of Chikun LGA axis of Kaduna-Birnin/Gwari Road.
Aruwan further said, “In his response, Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i praised the military for taking down the bandit leader and his accomplices. The Governor further assured them of the firm commitment of the government and people of Kaduna State in the ongoing operations against the bandits throughout the State.
The State Government military, police, DSS and all agencies have assured residents of the communities that suffered the brutality of ‘Maikaji’, that aggressive pursuit of other accomplices who escaped the onslaught is in full swing, and they will be caught sooner rather than later.