Respite As Nigerian Troops Neutralize Buhari Yadi, Other Terrorists

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  • It’s jubilation galore in Kaduna-Katsina border villages

One of the deadliest bandit leaders terrorizing Northern Nigeria in the last decade, Buharin Yadi, has finally met his bitter end in the hands of security forces.

Late Buharin Yadi

The troops of Sector 6 Operation Whirl Punch overpowered the kingpin known as Buhari Alhaji Halidu (alias Buharin Yadi) and his cohorts, to abruptly terminate their ignominious spell of terror in the country’s North West zone.

The notorious terrorist was neutralized in a fierce battle with the troops (under the coordination of their Commander, also the General Officer Commanding of One Division Nigerian Army, Major General MLD Saraso) which took place around Idasu forest at the boundaries between Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State and Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

A statement signed by the Overseeing Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan, said the troops began the covert operation in response to intelligence reports on terrorists’ movement from Samunaka, Saulawa area of Katsina State.

According to the statement; “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. The troops then fought bravely through an ambush, to attain their objective. Initial assessments indicate that at least 36 bandits were eliminated in the engagement.

“It was eventually verified that one of those neutralized was Kachalla Buharin Yadi. Kachalla Buhari Alhaji Halidu (also known as Buharin Yadi or Buhari Janar) and the brigands under his command had been unleashing terror on citizens in Kidandan/Galadimawa general areas of Giwa LGA, Sabon Birni/Kerawa general areas of Igabi LGA, other locations in nearby Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State, and indeed some parts of Niger and Zamfara States.”

The statement further said; “Buharin 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 Northwest.

“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.”

Reacting to the cheering news, Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, while receiving the security operations’ report, described the development as a pointer to the “bravery, pro-activeness and sheer efficiency of the troops involved.”

Gov Uba Sani

Governor Sani lauded the GOC, Major General Saraso for his sterling leadership, as well as the troops for their comprehensive victory against the terrorists.

He reassured the security forces in Kaduna of his administration’s unflinching support and the continued collaborative stance of the State Government.

Meanwhile, the statement by the Internal Security and Home Affairs Commissioner informed members of the public that some of the terrorists sustained gunshot injuries during the encounter.

Consequently, residents in the general area and beyond have been enjoined not to render assistance (medical or otherwise) to individuals carrying suspicious injuries, but to immediately report such to security agencies.

It further stated that the Kaduna State Security Operations Room is available 24 hours a day to receive reports of this nature on the phone lines 09034000060 and 08170189999.

Additionally, the statement said special operations against bandits continue in the general area and members of the public are urged to continuously volunteer supportive information to the security forces and the government.

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