Troops neutralise notorious Kaduna bandits’ commander, ‘Dogo Maikasuwa’
The Kaduna State Government, yesterday, said security forces have ambushed and neutralised a notorious bandits’ commander known as ‘Dogo Maikasuwa’ responsible for terrorising Kaduna-Kachia road, Chikun and Igabi local councils.
The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement, said the security agencies reported his death to the state government, confirming that, “after an era of terrorising citizens and evading security forces, notorious bandit commander known as ‘Dogo Maikasuwa’ has met his end.”
Aruwan said a painstaking investigation revealed the atrocities he carried out with impunity in hard-to-reach locations. The commissioner added that the bandit and his gang ran into an ambush laid by security forces, disclosing that after a fierce battle, they successfully neutralised the bandits leader in the Gengere-Kaso general area, around the Chikun and Kajuru boundaries and recovered one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, five rounds of ammunition, two motorcycles and one set of camouflage military fatigues.
The statement read in part: “Maikasuwa, also known as ‘Dogo Maimillion’ led series of attacks and kidnappings of citizens plying the Kaduna-Kachia Road, and in communities within Chikun and Kajuru LGAs. He was one of the deadliest bandits leading other elements in terrorising citizens of these general areas.
“According to human intelligence sources, he was always dressed in green camouflage military fatigues and wielding an AK47 rifle.
Such was his appearance during the duel with security forces, which ultimately consumed him.
“It was also gleaned that he led his bandits to engage in operations with cruelty, often killing kidnapped victims when ransoms were delayed or considered meager.
“In his final stand, the notorious bandit in the company of his foot soldiers ran into an ambush laid by operatives in a forest in the Gengere-Kaso general area, around the Chikun and Kajuru boundaries.
“The security forces after the fierce battle successfully neutralised the bandit leader and recovered one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, five rounds of ammunition, two motorcycles and one set of camouflage military fatigues.
“The other bandits escaped with gun wounds. It was further gathered that one of them died from injuries sustained in the fierce battle, with his remains carried away by other fleeing elements.
“The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, received the feedback with gratitude and commended the personnel for their bravery in the fierce battle against the bandits.”