- The Acting IGP Mohammed Adamu visited Zamfara state over the rising activities of armed bandits in the state
- Adamu had a meeting with the state's stakeholders who called on the FG to increase the number of policemen and other security personnel in the state
- The police boss vowed to end the activities of the bandits and restore normalcy to the state
The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday, April 9, visited Zamfara and pledged more decisive action against bandits and kidnappers terrorising the state.
The IGP told newsmen after attending a security stakeholders meeting in Gusau, that President Muhammad Buhari had given the police and other security agencies order to restore normalcy to the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“We all know the security situation within Zamfara state and northwest region in general.
“We have the mandate of the president to come and hear from the stakeholders in Zamfara so that we can carry their views and add it up to the strategy we have against kidnappers and bandits.
“Currently, we have operation that is ongoing, Operation Puff Adder, which is aimed at identifying the location of these bandits, eliminating their camps, getting them arrested and prosecuted as well restoring of order in Zamfara.
“You have heard the steps taken by the federal government against mining in the state, we have already constituted a security team comprising all the security agencies to take over the mining sites.
“All what we require from the people of the state is support and cooperation.
“During the meeting, we have heard that the state needs more personnel that will work with the Civilian Joint Task Force members in order to bring peace and order in the state.
“We pledge to increase the number of policemen and I believe other security agencies will do the same,” Adamu said.
NAN reports that stakeholders at the meeting including the state government and state Council of Chiefs, called on the federal government to increase the number of policemen and other security personnel in the state.
In a related development, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday, April 9, launched operation “Tsaftan Daji” (Clean Forest), to flush out bandits in Zamfara and other northwestern states.
Launching the operation in Katsina, Air Officer Commanding, Special Operations Command, Air Vice-Marshal Napoleon Bali, said that the operation was drawn from “Diran Mikiya” operation of the NAF.
Bali said that the exercise was also designed to add value to the existing operation “Saharan Daji” for the ground forces.
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