The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Friday launched a security action plan tagged Operation Puff Adder to tackle all forms of crimes including kidnapping, cattle rustling and armed robbery along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
The police Force spokesperson Frank Mba, made this known in a statement on Friday.
The operation which was launched at katari Bishin District, Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, will also tackle all forms of crimes and criminality in Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara State, Mba stated.
He revealed that operation Puff Adder is being carried out in collaboration with the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Department of State Services (DSS).
He added that Puff Adder involves massive deployment of well-trained, well-equipped and well-motivated personnel and combined operational assets from the various security agencies.
According to the statement, the IGP, during the launching warned persons who engage in criminal activities, especially along the Expressway, to give-up their nefarious activities and embrace other legitimate means of livelihood or be prepared to face the full consequences of their actions.
Adamu noted 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 without the support of the community.
To this end, he called for the full support and cooperation of the civil populace, particularly, traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth associations, market bodies, cultural associations and professionals among others in the fight against criminals.
The IGP also made a special appeal to drivers, commuters and indeed all citizens that may come in contact with Police officers deployed for the Operation to cooperate with them and show understanding in the interest of public safety.
The Village Head of katari, Bishin District, kaduna State, Gambo G. Gambo commended the IGP for the launch of ‘Operation Puff Adder’ in the area, noting that the operation has already began to yield positive results with the arrest of five (5) armed criminals in the area on 4th April, 2019.
He therefore thanked the IGP and enjoined the officers deployed to the area to ‘‘do good to the good and do bad to the bad’’.