Police Arrest 150 Political Thugs In Bauchi


BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Bauchi State Police Command on Monday said it arrested over 150 thugs, suspected to be members of SARA-SUKA group, from various black spots within the state.
The Police said the development followed its uncovering of plans by some self-centered politicians to disrupt the relative peace in the state in order to achieve their selfish political gains.
It also said that such politicians use misguided elements otherwise known as SARA-SUKA who usually under the influence of hard drugs supplied by their sponsors, use offensive weapons such as machetes, knives, cutlasses, etc, to intimidate, assault, maim and even kill their perceived rivals, including innocent citizens in the state.
A statement by the State Commissioner of Police, Garba Baba Umar, said the miscreants also engaged in other forms of criminal activities such as abduction, rape, extortion and house breaking, among others, thereby causing serious security threats in the state.
Umar further said that worried by these emergent trends of thuggery and other nefarious activities, the Command has reviewed its crime prevention strategies and embarked on intensive patrol, vigorous raid of black spots, flash points and other criminal hideouts in order to nip in the bud all forms of thuggery, crime and criminality.
According to him; “These strategies started yielding positive results as during the week under review the command has arrested over 150 suspected thugs alias SARA-SUKA from various black spots within the state and recovered the following exhibits; knives, machetes, shisha pots, packets of tramadol tablets and other assorted drugs suspected to be hard drugs.
“Other items included 7 packets of vulcanizing solutions, 34 wraps of dried leaves, suspected to be Indian hemp, and six motorcycles suspected to be stolen.”
The Police Commissioner appealed to traditional rulers, district heads, religious leaders, parents and ward heads to counsel their subjects, adherents, children and wards to refrain from any action or activities that will go contrary to the tenets of our criminal laws.
Umar vowed that the Bauchi Police Command was determined to fully enforce the law prohibiting thugs and thuggery signed into law in 2008. The state police boss also said that his Command is determined to ensure that criminals have no hiding place in the state.

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