At least 70 members of the Sara Suka street gang has been arrested in Kaduna. This disclosure was made by the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar. The Police official spoke after the gang members were paraded in front of the public alongside their recovered weapons.
The Sara Suka thugs were suspected to be involved in the violent attacks that rocked the Kwaru Badara and Kawo communities last week. The attack gained more press coverage after the hand of a retired military official was cut off in Kwaru. After the attack, the Kaduna state command of the Nigerian police force announced that they would investigate and bring the gang members to justice.
The Sara Suka thugs are mostly youth with their ages ranging from 18 years to 25 years. The modus operandi of the group is to storm residential communities to attack the residents with dangerous weapons.
The commissioner of Police used the opportunity to encourage all members of the Sara Suka gang and the public to hand over any illegal weapons in their possession, he listed the weapons recovered from the Sara Suka arrests and they included twenty AK-47 rifles, forty-two dane guns, fifteen pump action rifles, three revolver guns and four locally made pistols. Other materials recovered include charms, live ammunition, three motorcycles, military belts, bows, arrows and cutlasses.
“May I use this medium to call on the general public, especially those who posses any of the prohibited and unauthorized firearms, to come forward and surrender them while the grace period is still open. Those who deliberately refused to do so after the period elapses will be made to face the wrath of the law. The command also urges the good people of the state to remain law abiding and to report to the police or nearest security agency of any suspicious persons,” he said.
The Kaduna state command of the Nigerian Police Force acted by complying with the disarmament directives given by the Inspector General of Police.. The programme directs that all police commands should immediately commence mop-up of prohibited and unauthorized firearms to solve problems of proliferation of arms into the country.
He disclosed that the Sara Suka members currently in custody have continued to provide the police with useful bits of information that would lead to the arrest of several other criminals that have terrorized the Kaduna metropolis.