The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has launched what is called ‘Operation Puff Adder’ as measure to finally flush out bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals across the country.
According to a statement today, Friday, by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, the operation would be carried out in collaboration with the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Department of State Services (DSS) and would involve massive deployment of well-trained, well-equipped and well-motivated personnel and combined operational assets from the various security agencies.
Mba said that the operation is tailored towards ridding the country,, especially the Kaduna – Abuja Expressway, Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara States of all forms of crimes and criminality.
He said that during the launching which took place at katari Bishin District, Abuja – Kaduna Expressway today, Friday, the Inspector General admitted that no police agency anywhere in the world, no matter how well-trained, equipped or motivated, can solely achieve its community security and safety mandate without the support of the community.
He therefore called for the full support and cooperation of the civil populace, particularly, traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth associations, market bodies, cultural associations and professionals among others in the fight against criminals especially kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle rustlers amongst others.
The IGP also made a special appeal to drivers, commuters and other citizens that may come in contact with police officers deployed for the Operation to cooperate with them and show understanding in the interest of public safety.
This was even as he sounded a note of warning to persons who engage in criminal activities, especially along the Abuja–Kaduna Expressway, to give-up their nefarious activities and embrace other legitimate means of livelihood or be prepared to face the full consequences of their actions.