By Abbas Shehu Gungura, Bauchi
Thugs, popularly known as ‘Sara-Suka’ numbering over 500 in Bauchi have Thursday renounced thuggery, acts of criminality and surrendered their weapons to security operatives in the state.
The thugs officially surrendered their weapons to the state commissioner of police, Habu Adamu Sani at a ceremony held at the state police command headquarters, Bauchi.
Commissioner Sani attributed the repentance to intense pressure and awareness campaign launched by the police through radio jingles on the consequences of their activities.
Sani said the command would still open its doors for those that are yet to repent to tow the same line, warning however that police in the state would not relent in its sustained fight against agents of crimes.
The commissioner called on the Bauchi state government and other non-governmental organizations to assist the ex-thugs through capacity building and empowerment to enable them better their lives.
Sani then called on the youths to go and seek forgiveness of the Almighty God, their parents, and members of the public for their past atrocities
Also speaking, the State Governor, Bala Mohammed lauded the youths for voluntarily surrendering their weapons.
The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Abubakar Ahmed Kari, assured that the state government will rehabilitate the ex-thugs by organizing skills acquisition trainings.