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Borno Police Launch "operation Puff Adder" To Weed Out Terrorism, Kidnapping, Banditry, Crimes, Criminals

By Ahmed Abu, The Nigerian Voice, Maiduguri

The Borno State Police Command has launched Operation Puff Adder against Terrorism, kidnapping, Banditry, homicides, crimes and crinimalities among others Monday in Maiduguri at the Command headquarters.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu said the operation specifically was designed by the Inspector General of Police IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu to rid the country at large of all violet crimes and crinimalities.

He added that the operation was meant to mop up various categories of light arms which have found their ways into unauthorised hands in the country.

CP Aliyu further explained that the operation was part of deliberate measures adopted by the NPF aimed at curbing the excesses of criminal elements hell- belt on threatening internal security across some states of the federation.

According to him, the IGP has on Friday, 5th April 2019 launched a robust security action plan tagged," Operation Puff Adder" which is being carried out in collaboration with the Nigerian Armed Forces , Department of State Service (DSS), involves massive deployment of well trained , well equipped and we'll motivated personnel.

He noted that the operation is in addition to the combined operational assets from the various security agencies which is tailored towards ridding the country of all forms of crimes and criminalities.

The CP called for the support and cooperation of the community leaders and staekhokders, the civil polulace, particularly , traditional rulers, religious leaders, youths associations, market bodies, cultural associations and professionals among others in the fight against crimes , especially, kidnapping, armed robbery , cattle rustling amongst others.

He said the operation was also based on the principle of community policing , intelligence-led policing and synergy with other security agencies. It will be characterised with convoy and mobilised patrols , stop and check operations, raiding of criminal hideouts or identified black spots.

In the light of this, the CP said, the entire officers of the command have been fully mobilised and resolved that criminals and social miscreants will not have a hiding place in Borno state any longer while appealing to the public to provide the police with useful information that can expose the miscreants and their hideouts.

The command provided the following items to facilitate smooth take off of the operation with the support of one of its strategic NGO partner: 300 solar power lantern with charging point, 300 heavy duty flash lights, 300 soft marts matresses, 300 mosquito nets, 300 food and water flasks, 300 each of plates, spoons, blankets, slippers, tooth pastes, tooth brushes, buckets, bag packs and 50 temporary tents and 50 First Aids Boxes.