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98 Hoodlums Arrested For Homicide, Gangsterism In Kaduna

Aggressive action against urban gangsterism in Kaduna State has led to the arrest of 98 hoodlums, popularly known as ‘Sara-Suka’.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, in a statement on Saturday, said the suspects had been attacking citizens and snatching their mobile phones and other belongings, resulting in the loss of several lives and severe injuries inflicted on innocent citizens. 

He said that the report, received from the State Police Command, indicates that a total of 98 suspects were arrested between the 26th and 28th of April, 2023, of which 19 have been charged to Court, while 61 are still under investigation at various Divisions within the Kaduna Metropolis.

I8 of those arrested have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation ahead of prosecution.

The report further revealed that several exhibits were recovered from the suspects, such as snatched mobile phones, sharp knives, sharp scissors, cudgels, dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp, assorted hard drugs and accessories to aid their consumption, masters keys and other valuables.

The State Governor, Nasir El Rufai, tasked the Command to ensure due diligence in prosecution without compromise and directed that the manhunt for those at large should be intensified until they are all brought to justice.

He also condoled families that lost loved ones and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

He further allayed their fears of any possible compromise of the cases, stating that the State Government has an effective mechanism in place through the Ministry of Justice to ensure a thorough and scrupulous process.

Meanwhile, the Governor called on members of communities such as Rigasa, Kawo, Ungwan Muazu, Badarawa, Kwaru, Rigachikun, Barnawa, Ungwan Rimi, Trikania, Nasarawa, Makera, Sabon Tasha, Narayi, Rafin Guza, Tudun Wada and other locations, to provide the names of suspected gang members in their localities for follow-up action by security agencies through 09034000060 and 08170189999.

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