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High Crime: Adamawa govt sends warning signals to Shila criminals group


High Crime: Adamawa govt sends warning signals to Shila criminals group

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By Abubakar Ibrahim

There has been ranging crime by a Shila Boys in Adamawa who known attacking their victims on tricycles using dangerous weapons.

The high rate of the crime perpetrated by these Young Nigerians is seen as an offence against the law, and curbing the menace is what the government of Adamawa, security agencies at all levels have been battling to halt.

The current government of Adamawa State under Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri watch has vowed to fight against the deadly group and sent warning signals to the groups and those sponsoring them.

Today, the state’s Deputy Governor, Prof Kaletapwa George Farauta warned the Shila boys to repent or face the wrath of the law. She said this during a press briefing in Yola, the state capital.

The Sila boys’ activities include threatening people, particularly at night, with burglary, theft and phone snatchings.

Areas in the state capital such as Bajabure Federal Housing estate, Badirisa, Jambutu, Doubeli, Shagari and Damilu, in Jimeta-Yola, have become flashpoints of crimes forcing the inhabitants to have sleepless nights.
The criminal activities are largely carried out by the dreaded ‘Shila Boys’ who began their dastardly acts some years back in the Jimeta- Yola axis.

Several arrests were made and the boys pledged to repent and turn a new leaf.
A new security operation tagged: “Operation Farauta” was launched by the governor to aid the security agencies to nip in the bud acts of criminality and make the state crime-free.

However, the Shila Boys changed their tactics from using tricycles to rob people to burglary and theft.

The criminals also use hotels and other hideouts for cover and to coordinate their activities.

Some residents alleged that some highly placed individuals support the Shila atrocities by securing bail for them whenever the police arrest them.

There is fear that if these allegations are true, the fight against increasing criminalities will never be won unless the authorities identify and prosecute those ‘highly placed individuals’.

Some parents should also be blamed for the activities of these boys because they failed to properly train their children. If parents wake up to their responsibilities, the activities of these hoodlums will be reduced. Therefore, parents need to sit up.

The government should also warn owners of motels and hotels as well as other criminal hideouts against harbouring them. It will be good if the government demolishes any building that serves as a hideout for these boys.

More empowerment programmes should be introduced by the government and NGOs to keep the minds of the youths away from criminality, while scholarships should be awarded to deserving ones.

There is a need for all to join hands with government and security agencies to fight crimes by divulging information on criminal hideouts to fish them out. Security agents responsible for ensuring law and order in society must redouble efforts towards addressing the menace.
Let’s work together to stop these Shila Boys.