– The recent flag-off of ‘Operation Puff Adder II’ by the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu is already yielding results
– Operatives of the new unit have apprehended hardened criminals who the police have been looking out for
– The unit was established by the IGP to reinvigorate the ongoing fight against violent crimes in the country
Nigeria Police Force (NPF) operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder II have arrested 48 criminal suspects for their involvement in various crimes.
This information was contained in a statement released by the NPF spokesman, CP Frank Mba on Thursday, February 25, and seen by Legit.ng.
The recovered items include:
1. 41 prohibited firearms including 14 AK-47 rifles, 10 AK-47 magazines, 58 live cartridges, 4 AK-47 live ammunition
2. Four POS Machines,
3. Two laptop computers
4. 18 mobile phones, internet modem and
5. Nine ATM cards.
Recall that the IGP flagged-off the special operation on Monday, February 15 to reinforce the ongoing fight against criminality.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by CP Mba noted that the new special operation will be intelligence-led and community-driven.
The app was launched as a measure to ensure police arrive quickly at crime scenes anywhere in the country.
The newly-launched app is available on Android PlayStore and Apple AppStore for download. A major feature of the app is that a user can press an emergency alert button that automatically goes to the Nigeria Police Force control tower and they can swing to action.
Meanwhile, the federal and state governments in Nigeria have recommitted themselves to addressing the mounting insecurity in the country.
At a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday, February 18 presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, the governments agreed to ensure swift investigation, arrest, and prosecution of crime perpetrators.
According to the resolution of the council sent to Legit.ng by Laolu Akande, spokesman of VP Osinbajo, both the federal and state governments agreed that the protection of all residents of all states including non-indigenous communities and religious and ethnic minorities is sacrosanct.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.