Some youths known for crimes ranging from stealing, cattle rustling and other forms of criminality in Kano State, turned over a new leaf today and swore never to return to their bad ways with a Quran.
The notorious thieves who surrendered their arms and were made to swear an oath with a Quran placed on their heads never to steal again, reportedly came from Sumaila and Tudu Wada communities in the state.
Police officers were present to receive the surrendered weapons, in oath ceremony which was administered by leaders of the communities. Here are photos below;
Few months ago, over 150 thieves abandoned stealing at the Malamawa area of Kafin Hausa Local Government Area of Jigawa State. The thieves on Friday made public confessional statement and vowed with the Quran, to quit the habit and declaring never-to-go-back to stealing.
Before the oath, the thieves were known for stealing of cars, cows, motor bikes and other items from all the nooks and crannies of the country and beyond. They vowed to stop stealing, giving cover to thieves, buying or selling stolen property and will face God’s wrath if they failed to honor the promise.
Some of them acknowledge that they were part of those terrorizing people in the state for over some years. Their decision followed a move by self help group who promised to deal with any body caught having hands directly or indirectly in any act of stealing by sanctioning which will have direct impact on their lives.
A decision that made thieves around the area and neighbours to make a public confession and swore to retire from the ”business.”
One of the retired thieves Dantala explained that, “I have been in stealing business for over twenty five years, but I have seen the light. I therefore promised to quit from the business”
Also another retired thief, Musa allies Gambo started that, “I have been in stealing business for over thirty five years and I used it to marry to feed my family and support my relatives and I now realized is not the right thing. I repainted.
“My main concern now is how to take good care of my families because presently I have no other means of income. I am appealing to governments to look into our condition and provide a way out so that we can stay on our feet.”