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Troops kill deadly terrorists’ kingpin, Buharin Yadi, fighters in Kaduna

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By Muhammad Tijjani

Buhari Alhaji Halidu (alias Buharin Yadi) alleged to be one of the deadliest bandit leaders terrorizing northern Nigeria in the 10 years has been killed by alongside dozens of his fighters by Nigeria security forces in Kaduna State.

Buhari Yadi and his fighters were killed in a fierce battle with the troops around Idasu forest at the boundaries between Giwa Local Government Area(of Kaduna State and Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State by troops of Sector 6, Operation Whirl Punch, Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, disclosed in a statement on Thursday.

Aruwan said, “Troops of Sector 6 Operation Whirl Punch rained down fire on the kingpin known as Buhari Alhaji Halidu (alias Buharin Yadi) and his cohorts, abruptly terminating their ignominious spell of terror.

“Halidu was neutralized in a fierce battle with the troops under the coordination of their Commander, General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Mayirenso Saraso.

“This took place around Idasu forest at the boundaries between Giwa Local Government Area(LGA) of Kaduna State and Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State.”

He said the troops began the covert operation in response to intelligence reports on terrorists’ movement from Samunaka and Saulawa areas of Katsina State.

“On advancing to Samunaka, the troops found the settlement destroyed and cattle killed, evidence of recent criminal activity by the bandits.

“A ferocious battle quickly followed, as approaching terrorists were pounded with artillery rounds at Hayin Almajiri, “he said.

Aruwan said that the troops then fought bravely through an ambush, to attain their objective.

He said, “Initial assessments indicated that at least 36 bandits were eliminated in the engagement.

“It was eventually verified that one of those neutralised was Buharin Yadi.”

He explained that Yadi and his brigands under his command had been unleashing terror on citizens in Kidandan/Galadimawa areas of Giwa LGA.

He named other areas that had been attacked by the fallen terrorists to include Sabon Birni/Kerawa areas of Igabi LGA, communities nearby Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State, and some parts of Niger and Zamfara.

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Aruwan said Yadi was involved in large-scale cattle rustling, arms trading and drug trafficking.

“He had led his gang in the pillaging of communities and the slaughter and kidnapping of thousands of citizens in Kaduna and neighboring states.

“The merciless bandit was also known to have links with other deadly terrorist groups in the Northeast and North-West.

“The breakthrough brings to an end a manhunt by security forces for this terrorist, which stretched more than five years.

“The news of his demise spread like wildfire, triggering massive relief and widespread celebrations among locals spanning Kaduna and Katsina States, “he said.

Aruwan said Gov. Uba Sani has expressed his elation at the development, which he described as a pointer to the bravery, pro-activeness and sheer efficiency of the troops involved.

He quoted the Governor as commending Saraso for his sterling leadership and lauded the troops for the comprehensive victory.

Sani reassured the security forces in the state of his unflinching support and the continued collaborative stance of the government

“Members of the public are hereby informed that some of the terrorists sustained gunshot injuries during the encounter.

” Citizens in the general area and beyond are therefore enjoined not to render assistance (medical or otherwise) to individuals carrying suspicious injuries, but to immediately report such to security agencies, “Aruwan said.

He said the Kaduna State Security Operations Room was available 24-hour a day to receive reports of this nature on the phone lines: 09034000060 and 08170189999.

While the Commissioner said that special operations against bandits was continuing in the general area, he urged the citizens to continue to volunteer supportive information to the security forces and the government.

(NAN)

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