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No fewer than 60 suspected bandits, popularly called ‘Sara-Suka’, have been arrested within the Bauchi metropolis.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Kamal Abubakar, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.
According to him, the bandits were arrested following intelligence report that led to the raid of criminal hotspots in the metropolis.
He said the Operation Puff Adder operatives, in collaboration with other units in the command and volunteers, carried out the raids.
Abubakar said, “Between June 2 and 4, 2019, intelligence-led raids were carried out by the combined efforts of the command’s Operation Puff Adder team of the Rapid Response Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Unit, State Intelligence Bureau, ‘A’ Division and volunteer members on identified criminal hotspots in Bauchi metropolis.
“A total of 60 notorious ‘Sara-Suka’ thugs were arrested during the raids.”
The PPRO added that exhibits recovered from the hoodlums included two knives, 11 machetes and eight sachets of assorted illicit drugs.
He also said that a tactical team of the Operations Puff Adder, while acting on intelligence, arrested two suspected car thieves.
The suspects, Audu Daniel, 29, from the Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, and John Samuel, 22, from the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, were apprehended for allegedly stealing a Lexus SUV valued at N4m.