The British officials in Freetown were still forbidden by their superiors in London to extend their direct rule. But they decided to try to restore peace, and so trading prosperity, in the hinterland, by a show of force. The attacker of Sulima had been a powerful war-leader called Makaia from an area forty miles inland. In 1888 British troops allied with kings on the Kittam River and defeated Makaia, who fled to Panguma. By helping King Nyagua of Panguma against his enemies the British persuaded him to give Makaia up to them. Then they deported Makaia to the Gold Coast.