Police Deploy 6,000 Operatives In North-West, North-Central Over Banditry

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has deployed over 6,000 operatives to tackle banditry and kidnapping in the North-West and North-Central regions. Making the deployment in Abuja on Monday under the Operation Puff Adder II, the IG disclosed that the deployment would be executed in phases and in due course cover the entire country.

According to him, the broad mission of Operation Puff Adder II is to strengthen security across the country.

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Adamu stated, “Under the phase one of our operational plan of Puff Adder II, our objective is to focus on the restoration of peace and security in the North-West and North-Central geopolitical zones.

“The operation is to dislodge the bandits and deny them space to regroup either in the zones or any other part of the country. It also involves bringing to justice any arrested bandit and their collaborators.”

“The phase one of the deployment plan, which we are now witnessing, will cover Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Benue, and Kebbi states, and the FCT.

“Operation Puff Adder II will be implemented within the framework of our community policing initiative and it will be intelligence-led.”

The IG gave an assurance that the police, as the lead agency in internal security management, would continue to undertake a critical evaluation of the pattern and trend of crimes in the country.

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He acknowledged the rising insecurity but said he had instituted a specialised training for police operatives to prepare them to confront violent criminal gangs and undertake special operations in the most professional and ethical manner.