•Warns against resurgence of political thuggery
… Mohammed Uba
The Nigerian Police has arrested 150 thugs in Bauchi State, and warned politicians against resurgence of political thuggery across the North Eastern State.
No reason has been given for the rise in political brigandry but Global Sentinel gathered that it stems from political realigments and repositioning for 2019 general elections.
The Bauchi State Police Commissioner Garba Baba Umar, in a statement on Monday, said they also arrested miscreants who engages in other forms of criminal activities such as Abduction, Rape, Extortion and House Breaking among others thereby causing serious security threats in the State.
“It has come to our knowledge that some self centered politicians have perfected plans to disrupt the relative peace in the State in order to achieve their selfish political aggrandizement,” he stated.
He 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.
He said: “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.
“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.”
He listed other recovereditems to include seven packet of vulcanizing solutions, 34 Wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and Six motorcycles suspected to be stolen.
The Police Commissioner also urged “traditional rulers, district heads, religious leaders, parent and ward heads to counsel their subjects, adherents, children and wards to refrain from any action or activities that will go contrary to the tanets of our criminal laws as the Command is determined to fully enforce the law prohibiting thugs and thuggery duly signed by the then Executive Governor in April, 2008”.
He said the Command is determined to ensure that criminals have no hiding place in the State.
Umar emphasized that safety and security is not the sole responsibility of security agencies alone, hence members of the public must play a vital role towards ensuring peace by availing the Police with useful information that will be instrumental to the unbundling of criminal acts and tendencies.
He also enjoined members of the public to be law abiding and refrain from acts capable of causing a breach to public peace while endeavouring to report any suspicious movement of persons within their neighborhood through the following police emergency number 08151849417.
He said “this would enable the command serve you” and assured citizens of its readiness to provide safety and security in the State.