Insecurity: IGP inaugurates Operation Puff Adder along Abuja/Kaduna highway
The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, yesterday, launched a security outfit, codenamed Operation Puff Adder, along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
Adamu said it is a well thought out and major operation being launched by the Police and was aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from heinous criminal elements bent on threatening our internal security order.
According to him, the operation would cover Abuja-Kaduna highway and the adjoining communities and extend to Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara states, adding: “To the criminal elements, let me sound this note of warning loud and clear: Give up your criminal activities, embrace other legitimate means of livelihood or be prepared for the consequences of your criminality.
“The citizens and the Police are now united in their resolve to take the battle to your doorsteps and bring you to deserved justice.”
The IGP said crimes, particularly those that endanger the lives and property of citizens, do not represent our traditional values as a people, noting: “No nation develops to its optimal potentials in an environment of crimes and fear of criminality.
“Unfortunately, the activities of organised and murderous criminals across the country have evolved to become a threat not only to these values, but also to our internal security.
There must, therefore, come a time in the life of a nation when we, as a people, must strengthen our will and resolve to mobilise and deploy all our assets towards confronting these criminal elements.
“Take the battle to their doorsteps and make a clear statement that the few deviants among us cannot and will not re-order our cherished national values.
“The time is now and today’s action by the Nigerian Police is aimed at this direction and it is in direct compliance with the directives of Mr. President to the Nigeria Police to re-evaluate and emplace new operational strategies to stem the tide of kidnapping, armed robbery, armed banditry and sundry highly-organised crimes across the country within the shortest possible time.
Adamu said as a lead agency in internal security management, the Nigeria Police, under the current dispensation, acknowledge that the duty of securing the lives and property of the citizens is its primary mandate, noting 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.
He said this could not be achieved without the support of the community it is engaged to serve, saying: “It is in consequence of this that the Nigeria Police is collaborating closely with the armed forces, the intelligence community and other sister security agencies in this operation and in its duties across the country.
He said to achieve the objectives of the special operation, the full support of the civil populace, particularly traditional rulers religious leaders, youth association and market bodies would be needed.
He charged policemen deployed on the special operation to see their deployment as a call to national duty, adding: “The Force leadership and the entire nation are looking out for two major outcomes as you discharge your duties during this operation.
“First, to protect them from kidnappers, armed robbery and other heinous criminals and to be professionals in your conducts, as you strive to attain this objective,” Adamu said.
He also charged them to be civil with the law abiding citizens, but firm and ruthless with criminal elements that might attempt to take the risk of testing their will or threaten citizens within the area of jurisdiction.
The IGP appealed to the media for support and understanding, saying their roles in advancing the freedom of information principle are appreciated, just as he said that patriotism and ethical values place an obligation on them to avoid sensational and unverified reportage of internal security issues.
Several units of mobile policemen and other special tactical operatives, such as the counter- terrorism unit, Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Special Tactical Squad, are deployed to curb kidnapping, armed banditry, robbery and other related violent crime.