Richard Ginika Izuora
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has inaugurated the Police “Operation Puff Adder Ii” with mandate to ensure full control of security across the country.
He therefore appealed to stakeholders to collaborate with the Police to enable it to achieve its security and safety mandate in the country.
Adamu during the inauguration Monday February 15, in Abuja assured that the Police would continue to do all within its powers to guarantee stable security across the country.
According to the IGP, no Police agency anywhere in the world, no matter how well trained, equipped, or motivated can solely achieve its security mandate without the support of the community.
“It is in cognisance of this that we are sustaining our collaboration with the armed forces; intelligence community; as well as other sister security agencies in our operations.
“For us to fully achieve our objectives, we are also soliciting the full support of the civil populace, particularly, traditional rulers; religious leaders; youths associations; as well as other stakeholders,” he said.
He called on the police personnel deployed for “Operation Puff Adder II” to see their deployment as a call for national duty.
Adamu said that the force leadership and the entire country were counting on the personnel to protect them from bandits; kidnappers; armed robbers; as well as other heinous criminals.
The IGP urged the deployed officers to ensure that the criminals were apprehended and also brought to justice; but likewise added that the objective must be achieved through professionalism.
“I charge you to be civil with law-abiding citizens; but be firm and ruthless with criminal elements,” he said.
Adamu said “Operation Puff Adder II” would be executed in phases; and would in due course also cover the entire country.
He said the mission of the operation was to strengthen security across the country.
The IGP said the operational plan of Puff AdderII was to focus on the restoration of peace and security in the North West and North Central geopolitical zones of the country.
He said the operation was to dislodge the bandits and deny them space to regroup.
Adamu said the phase one of the deployment plan would cover Zamfara; Kaduna State; Katsina State; Kogi; Nasarawa State; Niger; Sokoto State; Benue; and also Kebbi states; as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
1st News had reported that the IGP, in April 2019, inaugurated “Operation Puff Adder”; an operation informed by the commitment of the police to present an effective operational framework.
The operation was aimed at reclaiming the public space from criminals that were bent on threatening the internal security of the country.