- Police IG Mohammed Adamu has spoken about the successes the police recorded in the fight against crime and criminality in Nigeria
- Adamu said the force recovered 834 arms, 19,009 live ammunition, two rocket launchers and other exhibits in the last two months
- The police chief said since the launch of Operation Puff Adder on April 5, 63 kidnapped victims have been rescued unhurt by police operatives
Nigerian Police Force disclosed that they have recovered 834 arms, 19,009 live ammunition, two rocket launchers and other exhibits in the last two months.
The Nation reports that the Force also said 2,175 suspects were arrested for kidnapping, armed robbery, murder and cultism since the launch of Operation Puff Adder.
A statement by the force spokesman Frank Mba, a deputy commissioner of police, said IGP, Mohammed Adamu, announced this in Abuja, while addressing a delegation of the association of local governments of Nigeria from Nasarawa state, led by Aminu Muazu Maifata.
Adamu said since the launch of Operation Puff Adder on April 5, 63 kidnapped victims had been rescued unhurt by police operatives.
He also said 2,175 suspects were arrested for the following offences: kidnapping, 852; armed robbery, 865; murder, 359 and cultism, 99.
The police boss said 834 arms, including two rocket launchers, were recovered; 19,009 live ammunition also recovered with the Oyo state command recording the highest number of 9,500 live ammunition.
He added that the police were rejigging their strategies to ensure proactive interception of illicit weapons on the way into Nigeria and mop up unauthorised weapons in circulation.
Adamu also hinted that a good number of the cases were being prosecuted in courts across the country, while many others were under investigation due to the complexity of the investigation and managing organised crimes.
The IGP called for tougher laws against kidnapping and banditry, including possible state seizure of assets linked to illicit proceeds from kidnapping and other heinous crimes.
He expressed the belief that the law would act as a deterrent to potential kidnappers and other violent criminals.
Adamu stated that the call became imperative due to the increasing resort to these crimes by hoodlums in the society.
The IGP said the huge arrests and arms recovered showed the efficacy of Operation Puff Adder and the unwavering support of the public to the police and other security agencies.
Legit.ng reported that the police command in Borno said operatives of “Operation Puff Adder’’ arrested five soldiers and 83 other suspects over alleged armed robbery and other offences in the state.
The commissioner of police in the state, Mohammed Aliyu, made the disclosure in Maiduguri on Thursday, May 23, while briefing newsmen.
Aliyu said the soldiers were arrested at different times for various acts of armed robbery in Maiduguri between May 3 and Thursday.
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