Three suspected hoodlums who planned to create violence against citizens before, during, and after the current political campaign season have been arrested by the Sokoto state police command.
Spokesman of the Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sanusi Abubakar disclosed in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Sokoto.
He said the police through careful intelligence-led operation arrested the suspects for being who have the possession of illicit drugs and some deadly weapons while rehearsing to employ unprovoked violent actions on unsuspecting people in the state.
Based on the statement of a police spokesman, the move is intended to prevent vulnerable youths from becoming radicalized and used as political thugs ahead of electioneering campaigns and ballot box snatching.
He explained that the state commissioner of police, therefore, advised politicians in the state to warn their followers to always respect the law and stay away from engaging in acts that could endanger human lives or escalate acts likely to cause destruction of property.
In his further speaking, he said that the police command has concentrated on taking decisive measures and make sure that appropriate punishment of potential offenders according to extant laws and provisions of the constitution is given.
The commissioner, also re-acertain that this is the start of a new era in Sokoto state and that all potential criminal elements are being enjoined to change for the better or face the full force of the law because the Command will not desist from fighting crime in all of its forms.