- A deadly bandits' leader has been killed alongside his fighters by an air raid by the Nigerian Air Force
- The bandits were gathered in a thick forest in the northwest state when an air interdiction by fighter jets sent them to their early grave
- Kaduna state governor, Nasir El Rufai has publicly stated that he won't negotiate with any bandit in his domain as opposed to some of his colleagues
The Kaduna state government has confirmed the killing of one ‘Rufai Maikaji’, who is said to be a notorious bandit with over a hundred fighters under his command.
The news of the death of Maikaji was revealed through a statement issued by the Kaduna state commissioner of internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, and seen by Legit.ng.
According to the statement, Maikaji and dozens of his fighters were neutralized during air interdictions around the fringes of Malul Forest in Igabi local government area of the state. of Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
Part of the statement read:
“The aerial missions in which ‘Rufai Maikaji’ and his gang were neutralized were conducted in late February when he and the bandits under his command, on sighting ground troops, escaped from Anaba village of Igabi LGA.
“The prompt response by the air platforms ended the reign of terror maintained by ‘Rufai Maikaji’ and his bloodsucking accomplices.”
Meanwhile, a coalition of 15 northern-based civil society organisations on Wednesday, March 3 accused some northern governors of turning the rising cases of kidnapping and banditry in the region into money-spinning ventures.
The groups under the umbrella of Non-State Actors Consultative Forum made the accusation at a press briefing in Kano state.
Speaking at the briefing, the co-convener of the coalition, Mr. Ibrahim Waiya, alleged that political actors in north Nigeria have devised a new strategy to swindling public resources through negotiation with bandits.
On his part, former Anambra state governor Peter Obi has frowned at reports of the government paying bandits ransom to free those abducted by the criminal gangs.
Obi a former vice presidential candidate, said such actions by the government are inimical to the economic growth of Nigeria.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Legit.ng News