IGP hails ‘Operation Puff Adder’…Says 424 kidnappers captured within a month

IGP hails ‘Operation Puff Adder’…Says 424 kidnappers captured within a month
June 18 02:10 2019 Print This Article

By Martin Odiete

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu is full of praises for the new police efforts to curb rising cases of kidnapping in the country saying that significant progress has been made through ‘Operation Puff Adder’.

IGP Adamu who expressed his feelings while addressing senior police officers in a conference held in Abuja maintained that through the operation, a total number of four hundred and twenty four, (424) kidnappers have been arrested in Nigeria since 10th of May this year saying also that other achievements were recorded by the police in their efforts to curb the menace of kidnapping and other high profile crime in Nigeria.

In his speech, the IGP noted, “Sequel to the launch of Operation Puff Adder in all the States of the Federation and other security strategies recently emplaced to address internal security threats, a total number of Four Hundred and Twenty Four (424) kidnappers were arrested between 10th May, 2019, and 14th, June, 2019. The highest number of One Hundred and one (101) kidnap suspects were arrested in Kaduna State, followed by Katsina State with Seventy Nine (79) arrests. Fifty Four (54) suspects were apprehended in Nasarawa State and Thirty Two (32) in Taraba State. 

IGP Adamu also revealed that the police have recorded significant success in tackling other high profile security cases in the period under review.

He said, “In the same vein, a total of Forty Four (44) murder suspects were arrested during the period under review, with the highest number of Seven (7) in FCT and Six (6) in Kano State. In addition, Two Hundred and Seventy Six (276) armed robbery suspects were arrested within the same period with the highest number of Thirty Eight (38) in Edo State, followed by Twenty Five (25) in Nasarawa State and Twenty Three (23) in FCT.  

“Similarly, a total of ten thousand, eight hundred and sixty (10,860) ammunition of various descriptions and calibre were recovered while a total of Three hundred and One (301) firearms including a Rocket Launcher, AK47 assault rifles, pistols and locally made gun, were similarly recovered from criminal elements across the country, with the highest number of eighty (80) in Katsina State, followed by Edo State with Twenty six (26) and Kaduna State with twenty-five (25). Furthermore, One Hundred and Seventy Six (176) suspected cultists were arrested across the country while Seventy Seven (77) stolen vehicles were recovered by Operation Puff Adder operatives nationwide between 10th May, 2019 and 14th June, 2019, with the highest number of Twenty nine (29) in FCT. 

In an effort to ensure sustenance of the achievements recorded so far in all the states, the IGP charged the police commanders to redouble their efforts.

“In this regard, I want to charge all you all as strategic Police Commanders to redouble your efforts in ensuring the safety and protection of lives and property in your areas of jurisdiction while you provide the requisite leadership to officers and men under your supervision to desist from acts that widen the gap between the Police and the community as it is only when we present a common front that we can defeat the criminals that constitute our common enemies, he said.

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