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Troops attest to killing Abuja highway bandits’ leader’s second-in-command

…Leader, Boderi, escapes by “whiskers.”

…Loses prominent ‘Lieutenant,’ several other fighters.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Nigeria Army troops said a notorious bandits’ leader, Boderi Isiya, narrowly escaped being neutralized, while his deadly second in command and several other fighters were gunned down by the troops. 

The bandits’ second-in-command, known as Musti, who was killed by the troops and the leader, Boderi Isiya, were reportedly responsible for the security breach at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, and kidnappings of students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, the Emir of Bungudu and several other citizens last year. 

According to Kaduna State Government “security update” on Saturday, 10th September, 2022, signed by the state Internal Security and Home Affairs Commissioner, Mr Samuel Aruwan, the security agencies informed the State Government of this development in an operational feedback. 

“A painstaking check with credible human intelligence sources further confirmed that, Boderi and his terror group had a bad day in the hands of the combat-ready troops,” it stated. 

According to the reports, the troops engaged the bandits around the Tollgate general area of Chikun LGA. “The bandits scrambled in retreat, only to run into another ambush laid by the troops in Sabon Gida general area,” troops stated.

The troops engaged the bandits ferociously, and ultimately subdued them. “Corpses and weapons were recovered at the scene, while some of the terrorists eventually died from bullet wounds. 

“Boderi’s deadly second-in-command, 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 with 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 Mechanization, 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, 1 Division, Major-General T.A. Lagbaja, being the latest of notable breakthroughs recorded since he took command. 

“The Kaduna State Government will keep the public updated on further developments,” it stated, urging citizens with useful information regarding the bandits reported to be seeking medical attention in the general area and elsewhere, to bring such information forward via the following numbers: 09034000060, 08170189999.

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