…arrests 424 kidnappers in one month
By Hassan Zaggi
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has disclosed that the rate of crime and criminality in Nigeria has reduced drastically compared with what it used to be some months back.
He made the disclosure at a meeting with senior police officers from the rank Commissioner of Police (CP) upward at the Force Headquarters, yesterday.
The reduction in the rate of crime in the country, according to him, was as a result of the introduction of the ‘Operation Puff Adder’ which was recently launched in all states of the federation.
It would be recalled that while launching the Operation Puff Adder recently, the IGP noted that it is a major operation that is aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from heinous criminal elements that are bent on threatening internal security order.
Adamu revealed that following the efforts of the operative attached to the Operation Puff Adder, between May 10 and June 14, 424 kidnappers have been arrested in different states of the country.
“The highest number of 101 kidnap suspects were arrested in Kaduna state, followed by Katsina state with 79 arrests. 54 suspects were apprehended in Nasarawa State and 32 in Taraba State,” the IGP said.
He further noted that 44 murder and 276 armed robbery suspects have been arrested within the same period in different parts of the country.
“In the same vein, a total of 44 murder suspects were arrested during the period under review, with the highest number being 7 in FCT and 6 in Kano State.
“In addition, 276 armed robbery suspects were arrested within the same period with the highest number of 38 in Edo state, followed by 25 in Nasarawa State and 23 in FCT.
“Similarly, a total of 10,860 ammunition of various descriptions and calibre were recovered while a total of 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 80 in Katsina state, followed by Edo state with 26 and Kaduna State with 25,” the IGP said.
According to him, 176 suspected cultists were arrested across the country while 77 stolen vehicles were recovered by Operation Puff Adder operatives nationwide still between May 10, and June 14. FCT has the highest number of 29.
While commending Nigerians for supporting the Police in the implementation of its strategies, the IGP said: “We might have taken giant steps against crime and criminality but the battle is still far from being over.”
He charged men and officers of the Force to sustain their sense of commitment to duty as, according to him, it represents a sacred call to national duty.
IGP Adamu disclosed that the Nigeria Police has put in place frameworks that will facilitate the strengthening of operation Puff Adder and also ensure the sustenance of its gains.
This framework, he noted, included plans “directed at re-organising and re-launching the Safer Highway and Safer City Models of Policing which will entail the acquisition of new fleet of vehicles that will be deployed to dominate the public space as well as the emplacement of CCTV and other cutting-edge technologies for city surveillance.”
He called on Nigerians to continue to show understanding and support to the Nigeria police force to enable it take the fight against criminals to their door steps.