In response to the act of violent going on in Kogi state, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has approved the deployment of a squad of ‘Operation Puff Adder’to the state.
Mr. Hakeem Busari, the state commissioner of police, inaugurated the squard which comprises of 340 men and officers selected from Mobile Police Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, and IGP Special Tactical Squad.
Busari charged the deployed officers to identify all criminal syndicates; their leaders, foot soldiers and sponsors, with a view to arresting them with operational precision.
” You are to carry out sporadic raids of their houses/homes, hideouts, rendezvous and other tabernacles.
” You must recover arms and ammunition, dangerous weapons , dangerous charms and all other items /properties reasonable suspected to be proceeds of crimes,” he said.
Busari assured the people saying the police will not spare any effort to bring lasting peace to the state and the squad would be deployed for a 24-hour security patrol on major highways in the state including, Lokoja – Abuja , Lokoja -Okene, Lokoja -Objana, and Lokoja – Ajaokuta.
He also appealed to members of the public, especially transport operators, traditional rulers, youth groups, hunters to cooperate with them.
He charged stakeholders in the community and give them the necessary support that can assist in the fight against kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and other violent crimes.
The Inspector General of Police, Adamu, said “Operation Puff Adder” (OPA) is a well thought out and major operation being launched by the Police.
He said that OPA was aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from heinous criminal elements that are bent on threatening the nation’s internal security order. Police decry rising spate of car theft in Plateau