Operation Safe Haven, a joint security outfit in Plateau State and parts of Bauchi and Kaduna States has planned to rehabilitate and empower about 500 repentant hoodlums and ‘Sara Suka’ boys.
A statement by Major Ibrahim Shittu, the spokesperson of the security outfit, said the programme was aimed at providing them with necessary health care, skills and empowerment in order to properly reintegrate them into their communities. He said that they had been using non-kinetic means such as football tournaments, symposium and other social programmes to make them feel at home and integrate them with society.
“During these programmes, about 500 hoodlums and Sara Suka members denounced their membership with a view to contributing positively to the development of their respective communities. It is in view of this that the Operation Safe Haven in collaboration with the Plateau State Government organised the Rehabilitation and Empowerment Programme to engage the repentant hoodlums and Sara Suka positively.
Meanwhile, he informed that the program has commenced on November 10 in Plateau State.
“The programme has since started at Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre Shere Hills (Mountain School) Jos, Plateau State on November 10. It started with initial 60 repentant hoodlums and Sara Suka boys as a pilot scheme in conjunction with other agencies,” the Shittu said.