The Gombe State Police Command has paraded twenty-eight (28) suspected notorious criminals with four of them identified to be notorious rapists living in different parts of Gombe town.
The State Police commissioner, Shina Tairu Olukolu, while parading the suspects said most of the criminals who are commonly called Kalare (political thugs), were arrested for different crimes ranging between theft, armed robbery, maiming and causing injuries to rival gangs and other innocent members of the public during political campaigns as well as abduction and rape.
He gave the names of three of the abductors and rapists as Abubakar Mohammed, Abdullahi Bello and Yusuf Munkaila Daiyyabu whose ages are 19, 17 and 19 years respectively.
He explained that they were arrested in a case of criminal conspiracy, abduction and rape based on a complaint by one Abdullaziz Jimoh that on the 20th August, 2018, the suspects and others at large conspired and abducted his daughter and her friend who are aged 16 and 17 years.
He said the girls were taken to a forest along Kumo road and sexually assaulted. He added that the suspects have confessed to to the crimes and will soon be charged to court.
On the political thugs, the CP said on the 15th September, 2018, the DPO Akko in Akko Local Government Area of the State received credible information that on the same day, some political thugs ‘aka’ Kalare boys namely Adamu Abubakar 20 years, Suleiman Mohammed 20 years, Yahaya Ibrahim 19 years and Abdullahi Idu 20 years, all of Kumo town, in concert with other criminals at large, conspired and attacked innocent passersby with cutlasses and sticks at Tashan Magarya after a political rally in Kumo town.
He said they were caught during a violent internal disagreement as a result of sharing formula over monetary gifts given to them by their political patron. In the process of effecting their arrest, a police officer was also injured by one of the hoodlums using a knife.
He said all the suspects have confessed to have committed the crime and would soon be charged to court. Exhibits recovered after conducting a search included one cutlass and one axe.
Mr. Shina who appealed to politicians in the State to play the game according to the rules also called on them to assist the Police to combat and eliminate the menace of Kalare boys by refusing to patronize the common criminals during the political activities.