Alleged leader of bandits that orchestrated the security breach at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna State, and the kidnap of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation students, Boderi Isiya, narrowly escaped the hands of the law on Saturday.
However, Isiya’s second in command, Musti, and several other fighters were not so lucky as Nigerian Army troops gunned them down in Chikun Local Council.
Samuel Aruwan, the state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, made this known in a statement. He said that security agencies informed the Kaduna State government of the development in operational feedback.
Aruwan said a thorough check with credible human intelligence confirmed that Isiya and his terror group had a bad day in the hands of the combat-ready troops.
According to the commissioner, the troops confronted the bandits around the tollgate general area of Chikun. The bandits flew 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 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. Some of the terrorists are battling life-threatening wounds.
“Musti and Boderi were responsible for the security breach at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, and kidnappings of students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, the Emir of Bungudu, and several other citizens, last year.
“The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, praised the troops for this commendable feat under the leadership of the General Officer Commanding, One Division, Major General T.A. Lagbaja, being the latest of notable breakthroughs recorded since he took command.
“Citizens with useful information regarding the bandits reported to be seeking medical attention in the general area and elsewhere, are encouraged to bring such information forward via the following numbers: 09034000060, 08170189999. “