The repentant youths, aged between 18 and 25, laid down their arms, which included machetes, golf equipment, Dane weapons and jack knives, amongst others, at a ceremony held on the police command headquarters in Bauchi.
Talking on the ceremony, the state Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani, attributed the feat to the extraordinary strain placed on the gang members in addition to the command’s consciousness campaigns and jingles on the ills and unfavourable penalties of drug abuse and different crimes.
He mentioned, “Over 500 Sara Suka thugs have surrendered and renounced these acts of criminality in the state. It is worth noting that most of the youth engaged in Sara Suka thuggery are creative and have a lot of potential in life if their current situation is well managed.”
In response to him, the command opted for the carrot and stick method by providing the youth a possibility to show a brand new leaf.
He defined that 294 of the repentant youths have been expert in varied trades, 31 have been college students, whereas 170 have been unskilled.
“Over 500 suspected criminals were arrested in connection with Sara Suka thuggery, armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes. A large cache of arms, ammunition and other dangerous weapons was equally recovered from them between the months of May and July 2019,” Sani said.
He appealed to the state authorities and non-governmental organisations to help within the rehabilitation of the repentant youths.
The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, who was represented by the Chief of Workers, Authorities Home, Abubakar Kari, promised his administration’s dedication to bettering the standard of lifetime of the residents of the state.