Over 500 Suspected Sara-Suka Criminals Repent In Bauchi


Over 500 suspected thugs popularly known as Sara-Suka have renounced all forms of criminality in Bauchi state.

The Police Commissioner in the state, Habu Sani, who received them at the Command headquarters, said that a large number of arms and ammunition and other dangerous weapons were recovered from them.

He explained that the Police adopted a carrot approach to woo members and mandated them to sign an undertaking to stop all forms of civil disturbances.

“We are here to formally receive over 500 repentant Sara Suka youths who met the conditions set by the command.

“The door is still open to those who are yet to repent, to see reasons why they should tow the same line as the command will not rest its oars to sustain the fight against crime and criminality in Bauchi state.”

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Meanwhile, Governor Bala Mohammed who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Abubakar Kari, stated that the Government will integrate the youths into the society and engage them with their preferred skills for employment.

“We will collect the data from the police, we have our own data, but we will harmonise and differentiate what sector each of them is trying to move into; some are carpenters, welders, plumbers, and many other things.”

Kaduna Police Arrest 31 Robbery Suspects, Recover 8 Vehicles

policeThe Kaduna State Police Command has arrested 31 armed robbery suspects who specialize in snatching of cars, motorcycles and women handbags.

The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, Umar Shehu,  said an AK47 rifle, four bareta pistols, four single barrel short guns, five single barrel long guns, 39 rounds of live ammunition and 92 live cartridges were recovered from them.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the suspects were arrested in Zaria, Kafanchan and Kaduna, the state capital, by operatives of the Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB), during a stop and search operation and cross fire, following a tip-off from members of the public.

During the operation, a total number of 8 vehicles of various kinds including a Prado jeep, 14 motorcycles were also recovered from the robbers.

Mr Shehu noted ed that the arrests were made within this month of May, 2015.

According to the Commissioner, the suspects usually take their stolen vehicles to Niger Republic, where they sell them to their accomplices, adding that the command is working closely with the Interpol in Niger Republic to track down stolen vehicles and their buyers.

Other arrests made by the command include 16 members of a suspected terrorist group known as ‘Sara- Suka in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of the state, where they have been attacking residents and later killed a middle aged man, injuring two others.

Mr Shehu however reiterated that the command would not relent in its fight against criminals and criminality throughout the state, urging car owners to come to the command with their vehicle papers to claim their vehicles.

One of the robbery suspects, Ibrahim Kabir, who is a 20 year old boy and a 200 level Accountancy student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, confessed to the crime.

Kabir narrated how he got  involved in the crime and however begged for forgiveness. He also disclosed how they sold the stolen vehicles at giveaway prices.