Over 50 thugs constituting havoc in Gombe state have surrendered to the police in the state.
The thugs popularly called Kalare Boys, denounced criminal activities and pledged their support towards ensuring safety and security in the state.
Spokesperson of the command, Asp Mahid Muazu Abubakar, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, said the thugs also surrendered their offensive weapons which includes knives and machetes to the police.
“The Commissioner of Police, Gombe State Command, CP Hayatu Usman Psc, in his efforts towards enhancing safety and security in the state, has initiated proactive measures to curb the menace of thuggery otherwise known as kalare activities,” the statement read.
"The initiative has started yielding positive results as the command received over 50 thugs (kalare boys) who voluntarily renounced thuggery in the state and assured the CP of their unalloyed support towards ensuring safety and security in the state.
"The historic event was held at the Command's conference hall and had in attendance three Honourable Commissioners from Gombe State Government:.
They are Commissioner for Internal Security, Col. Abdullahi Bello Rtd, Commissioner for Youth and Sports Hon. Adamu Inuwa Pantami and Commissioner for Agriculture. Hon. Dr. Barnabas Malle.
"The program was part of CP Hayatu Usman's action plan and results of the ongoing engagement with various stakeholders, including the youth and community leaders, to implement grassroots policing through Community Partnership.
"So far, over 50 thugs (Kalare Boys) have voluntarily renounced thuggery and surrendered their offensive weapons which includes knives and machetes to the State Command and promised not to indulge in any form of criminal activities again,
"The CP welcomed the youths and thanked them for turning to new leaves and urged them to equally sensitiize their friends who are yet to renounce to do so.
"The CP also the Commissioners for youths and internal security to convey the request of the repentant thugs to the government towards rehabilitating them for self reliance through various skill acquisitions programs.
“Responding, the Commissioner for internal security, Commissioner for Youth and Sports, and Commissioner for Agriculture promised to bring the matter before the Gombe State government and also appreciated CP Hayatu Usman for this laudable initiatives.”