The Kaduna State government said, on Tuesday, that troops killed a notorious bandit terrorising the Eastern by-pass in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
The state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident, said items recovered included two AK-47 rifles, charms and amulets, a mobile phone as well as two motorcycles.
According to the commissioner, security forces within the last 48 hours intercepted some bandits and gunrunners around the Eastern by-pass area of the state.
The commissioner, who was reacting to a planned attack by bandits on Kaduna and environs, appealed for continued vigilance on the part of residents of the state.
Aruwan stated that the state government would not relent on its determination to confront security challenges.
The commissioner said, “The attention of the Kaduna State Government has been drawn to a circulated intelligence extract highlighting a plan by armed bandits to attack Kaduna and environs.
“The Kaduna State Government appeals first, for the continued vigilance of all citizens as the state continues to confront security challenges.
“The Kaduna State Government wishes to inform citizens that it is constantly engaging with the security agencies, assisting with collaborative efforts, and supporting them with logistics and effective coordination of intelligence gathering and response.
“The Kaduna State Government assures all residents that security agencies will continue to monitor the situation with optimal alertness and appropriate urgency.
“Residents are thus encouraged to maintain vigilance but go about their normal activities as action agencies work assiduously to eliminate threats.”
He added, “In line with these enhanced efforts, security forces within the last 48 hours intercepted some bandits and gunrunners at Kidunu general area, around Eastern By-Pass, Chikun LGA.
“After an exchange of fire, one bandit was neutralised, later confirmed to be a notorious bandit terrorising the area. Two AK-47 rifles were recovered, along with charms and amulets, a mobile phone and two motorcycles.
“The security operations room is open 24 hours a day to receive information on suspicious activities or threats across the state, on the phone lines: 09034000060 and 08170189999.”