Notorious bandit leader, Rufai Maikaji, and members of his gang have been “neutralised” in Malul Forest, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, disclosed this on Thursday in Kaduna.
He said: “After painstaking checks with security agencies, and careful exploitation of numerous intelligence sources, the Kaduna State Government can authoritatively confirm that ‘Rufai Maikaji’, a deadly bandit has been neutralised.
“Maikaji commanded more than a hundred fighters.
Aruwan said the aerial mission which led to Maikaji’s death was conducted towards the end of February.
“On sighting ground troops, ‘Maikaji’ and bandits under his command, escaped from Anaba village of Igabi Local Government Area where they killed some citizens, burnt houses and kidnapped some locals.
“From further checks, ‘Maikaji’ and his group were confirmed to be responsible for the killings, kidnappings and cattle rustling in many communities in Giwa, Igabi and Chikun Local Government Areas.
“They are also responsible for the same crimes in Iyatawa, Garke, Kumfa, Bakali, Karau-karau, Galadimawa, Anaba, Kerawa, Hashimawa, Sabon Birni, Buruku and parts of Chikun axis of Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road,” the commissioner said.
Aruwan said the gang leader started out as an errand boy of bandits in Sabon Birni.
“From this position, he grew to become a household name in banditry.
“The aggressive pursuit of other accomplices who escaped the onslaught is in full swing and they will be caught sooner than later,” he added.