Police in Gombe today paraded 38 suspects allegedly connected to armed robbery, killing, political thuggery, and homosexuality. The police said it has also recovered dangerous weapons, and other stolen items from the suspects.
The Police Public Relations Officer DSP Fwaje Atajiri who spoke with journalists on the matter at the state police headquarters said that suspects were arrested at different points within the state capital. According to him, in an effort to ensure improved policing in the state, the Police Commissioner CP Abdullahi Kudu Nma has introduced advanced police patrol by dividing the metropolis into zones where police were able to carry out coordinated patrols and raids of criminal hideouts which has been yielding positive results unlike in the past when police patrols were done randomly.
He further disclosed that, such effort has helped eliminate the menace of the popular notorious group known as ‘Yan Kalare’ in the state, even as he said the police has vowed to keep the state clear from any Kalare activity. “I want to categorically tell you that, the menace of Kalare that we used to know is gone, what we have are pockets of miscreants who want to take advantage of people by using the name Kalare. But I assure you Kalare will never come back to Gombe State again, this is a promise.”
He further explained that, 3 out of the 38 suspects have been engaged in killing which they have confessed. He said the suspects were arrested by the police after they came back into Gombe metropolis after running away from arrest.
The police scribe also explained that, 2 other suspects who were engaged in homosexuality were also caught right handed in the middle of the act, according to him; they will be prosecuted along with other suspects, adding that the police would not tolerate such activity within the society as it is a crime against nature.
Atajiri however warned that, parents should stay away from political thuggery as the police will not relent in its effort to ensuring a crime free society, and that it will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that all criminals have been prosecuted and brought to book.
According to the PPRO, Gombe Police Command has arrested not less than 270 suspects of various crimes within the state from November 2014 to February 2015 alone.