“It has come to our knowledge that some self centred politicians have perfected plans to disrupt the relative peace in the region in order to achieve their selfish political aggrandizement."

Those were the words of the Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Garba Baba Umar after scores of armed youth, allegedly operating under the influence of drugs, were arrested for various crimes.

Umar said the suspects otherwise known as SARA-SUKA use weapons such as machetes, knives and axes to intimidate, assault, maim and kill their perceived rivals including innocent citizens.

In addition,they are allegedly engaged in other forms of criminal activities such as abduction, rape, extortion and stealing.

He said the police command has reviewed its crime prevention strategies and embarked on intensive patrol, vigorous raid of black spots, flash points and other criminal hideouts to arrest culprits.

“These strategies started yielding positive results as during the week under review the command has arrested over 150 suspected thugs alias SARA-SUKA from various black spots within the state.”