Residents hail Army over bandit commander, Boderi’s killing 

Residents of communities in Chikun, Igabi and Birnin Gwari local governments of Kaduna state have commended Nigerian Army over the killing of notorious bandit, Isyaku Boderi, as Governor Uba Sani assured of continuous support for security forces.

The infamous bandit kingpin, Boderi Isyaku was killed by troops of 1 Division, Nigerian Army around Bada/Riyawa general areas of Chikun and Igabi local government in Kaduna state on Wednesday. Boderi and his associates were ambushed and neutralized by military troops after a fierce gunbattle

Boderi was said to have masterminded several high-profile attacks including the kidnap of Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students, and the breach of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA). His gang had abducted and killed many villagers and prevented them access to their farms. The communities members said they now feel a sense of relief, as they will be able to sleep with both eyes closed and return to their farms, while urging security forces to go after Boderi’s foot soldiers who are already demoralized.

Some of the villagers along the Buruku, Birnin Gwari axis, who spoke to journalists on Friday, expressed happiness that Boderi’s long reign of terror is over.

Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna state, who spoke through the Overseeing Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Army for eliminating the notorious bandit kingpin who had carried out a reign of terror for many years. “We are very happy with the recent victory of the military. For over eight years, we have been trailing that bandit element called Boderi. He has caused our state so much, he killed so many citizens, so many cases of abductions. So many communities suffered so much as a result of his terror activities.

“So, we are grateful to the military, particularly the Nigerian Army who brought his reign to an end. This is clear message that whoever is doing anything against national security and safety of our citizens, no matter how long, the long arm of the law will catch up with them. For years, Boderi caused a lot of havoc, but as you can see, at the end of the day, we got him. The government of Kaduna state under the leadership of Senator Uba Sani, has been supporting the security agencies that are carrying out internal  operations across the state.

“We are also mobilizing our citizens to be providing intelligence to the security agencies operating in various locations within the state. We are assuring that the government of Kaduna state under the leadership of Senator Uba Sani, will continue to support the security forces operating in Kaduna state. This is the position of Governor Uba Sani,” Aruwan assured.

However, the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Valentine Okoro during an operational tour of his area of responsibility commended troops for their bravery and professionalism while urging them to do more.