Over 50 thugs, popularly called Kalare Boys, have denounced criminal activities and surrendered themselves to the Gombe State Police Command.
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 include 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 assumed 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 the Commissioner for Internal Security, Col. Abdullahi Bello Rtd., the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Adamu Inuwa Pantami; and the Commissioner for Agriculture. Hon. Dr. Barnabas Malle.
“The programme was part of CP Hayatu Usman’s action plan and the results of the ongoing engagement with various stakeholders, including youth and community leaders, to implement grassroots policing through Community Partnership.
“So far, over 50 thugs (Kalare Boys) have voluntarily renounced thuggery, surrendered their offensive weapons, which include knives and machetes, to the State Command and promised not to indulge in any form of criminal activity again.
“The CP welcomed the youths, thanked them for turning to new leaves and urged them to equally sensitise their friends who are yet to renounce to do so.
“The CP is also the Commissioner for Youth and Internal Security to convey the request of the repentant thugs to the government towards rehabilitating them for self-reliance through various skill acquisition programmes.
“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 initiative.”