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‘Puff Adder’ operatives arrest 16 suspected kidnappers, robbers in Kogi

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( NNN) Operatives of ‘Operation Puff Adder’ have arrested 16 persons suspected to be kidnappers, armed robbers and terrorists in Kogi.

Parading the suspects before newsmen on Wednesday in Lokoja, the state police Commissioner, Mr Hakeem Busari, said that the suspects were arrested at different times in some parts of the state.

He said that six of them were suspected kidnappers operating in Nasarawa and Kogi States.

Two of them, according to Busari, were arrested for kidnapping a seven-year-old boy at Odo Ape community in Kogi State.

He said that the suspects kept their victim for nine days and had come out to pick up the ransom of N1 million from the parents when they were arrested.

Busari said that four other suspected kidnappers were arrested following a tip off.

He also said that two other suspects were arrested for threatening the Chairman of Ankpa Local Government Area.

The commissioner said that a suspected Boko Haram member was arrested in Okene based on information received from the Edo  Police Command .

According to him, three other persons were arrested for armed robbery in Ganaja area of Lokoja on May 3.

He said that the gang specialised in robbing motorcycles and killing or grievously injuring their victims.

Busari said that two Bahajaj motorcyles were recovered from the suspects.

The commissioner also said two persons were arrested for entering Ajaokuta Steel Complex allegedly to steal.

He said that three rifles ,including two pump action guns and a locally made pistol were recovered from the kidnappers and robbery suspects.

Also recovered were live cartridges, charms and wraps of Indian hemp.

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Puff-Adder: Police kills notorious armed robber in Kano

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The Police Command in Kano state  said it had kill a member of a notorious armed robbery gang, name withheld, terrorising Rano town along Falgore Forest Axis.

The Police Public Relations Officer,(PPRO) for the command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, made disclosure in Kano on Saturday.

He said the killing followed exchange of gun battle between Puff-Adder Operatives and armed robbers.

Haruna said that on July 26 at about 3:40 a.m, team of policemen of Operation Puff-Adder attached to Police Area Command Rano were alerted that a gang of four armed robbers attacked residents of Rano.

He said that police immediately rushed to the scene where they engaged the armed robbers in a gun duel.

Haruna said in the process, the Puff-Adder Operatives with superior gunfire gunned down one of the gang while the remaining three escaped into the nearby thick forest.

“On hot chase, the robbers abandoned a locally made pistol with three rounds of live cartridges,”he said.

Haruna notedd that the gang had been terrorising Rano, Kibiya, Bunkure, Tudun Wada along Falgore Forest Axis for a while.

He said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ahmed Iliyasu,had directed that the three fleeing suspects be  tracked on time, identified and arrested.

The PPRO said  that Iliyasu also directed that exhibits or arms in the possession of the gang be recovered.

Haruna called on the good citizens of the state to continue to cooperate with the Police for  prompt information and intelligence reports on any form of crime and across the state for quick and timely response.

Edited by Dada Ahmed

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Abia CP attributes arrest of 78 criminal suspects to ‘Operation Puff Adder’ 

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The Commissioner of Police in Abia, Mr Ene Okon, said on Monday that the command arrested 78 suspects in the past three weeks in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery, car snatching, cultism and other violent crimes in different parts of the state.

Okon said this while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command and attributed the high number of arrest to the effective role of ‘Operation Puff Adder’ in crime busting in Abia.

He said that 22 of the suspects had been charged to court.

He lauded the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for initiating the special operation which, he said, had proved to be an effective strategy in flushing out kidnapping and armed robbery in the state.

He also said that the command had begun to reap bountifully from the community policing initative.

According to him, most of the tip off that led to crime detection, prevention and arrest of suspects were provided by the locals.

“Community policing is a paradigm shift in the police because traditional policing, using conventional strategies, has failed.

“So we have embraced community policing wholeheartedly,” Okon said, adding that the command encouraged communities to form neighbourhood watch and vigilance groups.

He said: “The command has handed over policing to the communities to partner with the police in combating crime.

“We are not going to relent. Our aim is to ensure we bring down crime to a minimal level if we cannot eradicate it.”

The police boss further said that the command had successfully checked child trafficking in Abia through effective surveillance and collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs.

He said that the command now had a comprehensive record of registered motherless babies’ homes in the state.

He said that the command discovered that most of the child trafficking were carried out under the  guise of motherless babies homes, “where babies are born and sold.”

He thanked Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu for his support, saying that the recent donation of operational vehicles to the command would help to enhance its operations.

In an interview with newsmen, 24-year-old Sunday Emmanuel from Obingwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Abia, who was arrested over alleged kidnap, along with one Etim Ebu from Essien Udim LGA of Akwa Ibom, confessed to the crime.

Chimaobi Joel and Ukachukwu Udo from Obingwa and Isiala Ngwa south council areas of Abia also confessed to the crime but said they had asked God for forgiveness.

The police boss said that all the suspects would be charged to court at the end of the ongoing investigations.

(Edited by Sam Oditah)

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Operation Puff Adder: Police arrest 5 soldiers, 83 others in Borno over alleged crimes

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The Police Command in Borno said operatives of “Operation Puff Adder’’ had arrested five soldiers and 83 other suspects over alleged armed robbery and other offences in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, made the disclosure in Maiduguri on Thursday, while briefing newsmen.

Aliyu said that the soldiers were arrested at different times for various acts of armed robbery in Maiduguri between May 3 and Thursday.

He said that the soldiers and their accomplices were arrested by personnel of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Maiduguri.

He added that two locally-made pistols were recovered from the suspects.

The commissioner said that a Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) official, Rapheal Akintola, was arrested with 60 rounds of live ammunition at Maiduguri Motor Park.

He disclosed that 237 live ammunition were also recovered by the police under the Customs Bridge in Maiduguri metropolis.

He said that six persons – Modu Ali, Kaka Ali, Wakil Ba’a, Abba Babagana and Tijjani Bukar – were arrested in connection with the ammunition recovered under the bridge.

According to Aliyu, the command also burst a kidnap syndicate at Askira Uba after they abducted and extorted N1.6 million from their victim, Sale Hamman.

“The suspects are Ibrahim Usman, Ahmadu Hammsn, Sule Hamman and Hamman Abdulrahaman.

“A drug peddler, Charles Noah, was arrested by the police in Maiduguri in possession of narcotic substances worth N2 million, while a large quantity of drugs were seized and many suspects arrested.

“The police also arrested two lovers, Shettima Bukar and Saude Saleh, over the murder of their new born child in Maiduguri.’’

While reiterating the command’s commitment to achieving crime-free society, the commissioner called on criminals to surrender.

He assured that they would be assisted and rehabilitated to be reintegrated into the society.

Edited by Mustapha Lamidi and Olisa Ifeajika

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Lagos CP parades 159 suspects, launches Operation Puff Adder

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The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos State, Muazu Zubairu, on Thursday paraded 159 suspected criminals as he launched Operation Puff Adder, aimed at fighting crimes in the state.

Zubairu, while parading the suspects at the state Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, said various arms and ammunition were recovered from the suspects who were picked up at different locations in the state.

The CP added that the paraded suspects would be charged to court as soon as possible.

On the launch of the operation, the commissioner said cultism, and traffic robbery were becoming a great concern to the command and they were what the operation sought to counter.

“Today marks another milestone in the history of policing in Lagos and we are here to witness a renewed vigour and determination of the command to tackle the security challenges confronting our dear state.

“Of great concern are cases of cultism, traffic robbery, youth gangsterism and murder.

“We are today launching a special operation introduced by the Acting Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mohammed Adamu Adubakar, code-named “Operation Puff Adder.”

“This operation is aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from heinous criminal elements that are bent on threatening the nation’s internal security order,” he said.

Zubairu said that the officers and men for the operations were drawn from the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Tactical Units and Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CIB).

He listed others sections drafted into the operation as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Rapid Response Squad (RSS), Task-force as well as conventional policemen.

“The men are charged to ensure zero tolerance to all forms of criminality and deal decisively with criminal elements in Lagos state.

“Tough times indeed await those who choose the path of crime in the state and we will take the battle to their door steps.

“Lagosians have a right to a more peaceful and orderly state with the support of the good people of Lagos.

“As men of Operation Puff Adder discharge their duties, they are equally enjoined to operate within the ambit of the law and respect fundamental human rights of the citizens,” he said.

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Operation Puff Adder: Police in Jigawa arrest 27 suspects for various offences

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The Police in Jigawa have arrested 27 suspects for allegedly committing various offenses.

SP Abdu Jinjiri, the police spokesman in the state, made this known in a statement in Dutse on Thursday.

Jinjiri said that the arrests were made after the Ag. Inspector-General of the Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar inaugurated `Operation Puff Adder’ in the state with a view to fighting high profile crimes in the area.

He explained that the acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mohammed Adamu had directed all Commissioners of Police to launch same in their respective states.

“In line with this, the Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Police Force launched the operation at the Area Commands and Divisions across the state, in readiness to confront any security challenge.

“The operation is promptly launched in order to checkmate any incursion of fleeing criminals from neighbouring states intending to domicile in Jigawa, which is relatively peaceful,” he said.

The spokesman added the command took certain security steps such as surveillance, intelligence-led raids of black spot, robust and intensive patrols, and strategic engagement with other law enforcement agents and members of the public, as a result of which the command recorded some modest achievements.

Jinjiri said that two of the suspects were arrested over alleged criminal conspiracy and kidnapping.

He added that suspected kidnappers were arrested after some armed bandits had on March 18, kidnapped one Mr Adre Palsin, an Indian national working with Alren Construction Company in Jahun Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesman further said that 21 of the suspects were arrested over alleged criminal activities and robbery in Dutse local government area of the state.

According to him, four of the suspects were arrested in Dutse LGA of the state for allegedly receiving stolen items and for being in possession of items suspected to be stolen.

“Three stolen motorcycles were recovered from the suspects,” he added

Jinjiri, who said that the operation in the state was yielding tangible results, added: “Criminals in the state are being hunted and hunted with intelligence-led patrols and constant raids of black spots by well-motivated and tireless police officers.”

He appealed the public to furnish the police with vital information that would assist them in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities.

(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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Police inaugurate “Operation Puff Adder” in Nasarawa State

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The Nasarawa State Police Command on Monday inaugurated “Operation Puff Adder,” an initiative of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to fight kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, who inaugurated the Operation in Lafia, said it was in compliance with the I-G’s directive.

He said Operation Puff Adder was aimed at reclaiming the public space from heinous criminal elements threatening the nation’s internal security.

Longe said the operation was not a mere slogan or an exercise construed to play to the gallery, but would see a vigorous consistent onslaught against criminal elements.

He explained that the Operation Puff Adder was a function of deep thinking, elaborate planning, strategy and tactical mapping/surveillance backed up with necessary logistics.

According to him, the operation will be driven by personnel of the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Mobile Force (PMF), Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU), Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as well as conventional policemen.

The police commissioner said the officers would not spare any efforts in ridding all nooks and crannies of the state of criminal elements, especially kidnappers, armed robbers, bandits and cultists.

Longe noted that prior to the Operation Puff Adder, the command had developed five different security templates that would help in curbing the menace of kidnapping and other violent crimes in the state.

“However, Operation Puff Adder is a more compact and audacious security initiative, targeted at dislodging the heinous game plans and fish them out of their hideouts,” Longe added.

He also lauded Gov. Umaru Al-Makura for his administration’s support to the Police and commitment towards safeguarding the people against criminals.

Longe also noted that the operation would not be successful without the support and cooperation of the people and urged them not to relent in that direction.

“The police cannot do it alone, we are hereby soliciting for more of your cooperation by availing the Police of necessary assistance/information that will enable us collectively reap the benefits of the operation.

” We believe that criminal elements that are daily scheming to make lives difficult for citizens of the state are neither ghosts nor spirits, but human beings living amongst us,” Longe said.

Edited by Tayo Ikujuni/Felix Ajide

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Plateau Police Command inaugurates ‘Operation Puff Adder’

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The Police Command in Plateau has inaugurated “Operation Puff Adder” to tackle security challenges in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria , reports.

Mr Bature Umar, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, who launched the outfit on Friday in Jos, said that it would tackle kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, among other crimes.

He said that the manpower was drawn from the conventional police, mobile police, Counter Terrorist Unit, Special Protection Unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad and State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

Umar called on the public and other security agencies to support and cooperate with the outfit, and emphasised the need for collaboration for the success of the outfit’s mandate.

Plateau governor Simon Lalong, in his remarks, commended the Nigeria Police for including Plateau among states  to benefit from the activities of the outfit established last month.

Lalong, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, tasked members of the outfit to tackle security challenges faced in the state and strive to win the confidence of members of the public.

The governor urged Plateau residents to support the outfit toward success, pointing out that peace and security was a responsibility of everyone.

The Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Brig. Gen. Augustine Agundu, in his remarks, regretted that some social critics and public commentators were emboldening criminals to unleash mayhem in the state.

He said that utterances by such critics had sown seeds of discord across ethnic groups in the state, leading to unwarranted crises.

Agundu warned that his command would deal with any attempt to disrupt the peace Plateau was enjoying, and warned criminals disrupting farmers and herders activities to steer clear of Plateau.

Edited by Bola Akingbehin and Ephraims Sheyin

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Operation Puff Adder: Police arrests 93, kidnappers, armed robbers

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The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday said a total of 93 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers have been arrested in the past two weeks in joint operations in Kaduna, Niger and Katsina States.

Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, who made the disclosure at Katari village along Kaduna-Abuja highway, said more than 500 live ammunitions were recovered from the suspects.

He added that the joint operations comprised policemen from operations, intelligence, technical, counter terrorism and special protection units among others.

He said that tge arrests and seizures were part of the successes of Operation Puff Adder launched to clear criminals away from Kaduna-Abuja expressway and Nigeria at large.

He said that the operation was largely to tackle kidnaping, robbery and banditry giving Nigerians sleepless nights, adding that the successes recorded so far were huge.

“The suspects were arrested from Matari Forest, Niger axis and some were pursued to as far as Katsina,” he added.

The Force spokesman stressed that the Office of the Inspector General of Police provided supervisory and supportive roles to the entire operations.

“We are determined to descend very hard on criminals. We recovered 37 AK 47 rifles, 12 locally made guns, a revolver pistol, 60,000 fake US dollars, military uniforms and a foreign made pistol.

“Few days ago, the IG rolled out new counter kidnaping strategy, it would also help us curtail such criminality in Nigeria,” Mba said.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner in Kaduna  state, Aji Janga, has assured farmers in Birnin Gwari and other volatile areas that it was now safe for them to return to their farms.

According to him, the new operations, being conducted in synergy with all the commanders of various units have achieved tremendous success.

“Farmers who farm along Kaduna-Abuja expressway, Birnin Gwari and other volatile areas can go back to their farms, it is now safe”, Janga said.

One of those arrested who claimed to be a cleric, Salisu Abubakar, said he was aware that his clients belonged to criminal gangs, but that he only supported them with “goodluck charms.”

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Police inaugurate operation “Puff Adder” in Anambra

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The Police Command in Anambra, on Thursday, inaugurated “Operation Puff Adder” aimed at intensifying the fight against crime and criminality in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mustapha Dandaura, flagged off the operation at the Okpoko Police Division, Ogbaru, near Onitsha, the commercial city of the state.

Dandaura said that the flagging off of the operation was in compliance with the directive by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu.

“Operation Puff Adder’ is simply the intensification of police operations in and around the state with the sole objective of smoking out and getting rid of miscreants and criminals wherever they may be hiding.

“It will consolidate our achievements in recent times. With ‘Operation Puff Adder,’ law-abiding citizens and residents have a lot to gain,” he said at the event.

The police commissioner said the inauguration of the operation in Okpoko was significant, given the intense economic activities and dense population of the area which made it highly susceptible to crimes.

He commended the Governor of the state, Chief Willie Obiano, for supporting the police and other security agencies, saying that the support had ensured robust synergy among them.

Dandaura, however, urged members of the public to be law-abiding and cooperate with the law enforcement agencies.

“All I request from the members of the public is to be law-abiding and to cooperate with all law enforcement agencies who are working assiduously to ensure security and peace in society,” he stated.

In his speech, Gov. Obiano, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, commended the inspector-general of police for the initiative.

Obiano recalled that his administration had declared war on crime on assumption of office in order to ensure safety of lives and property.

“Before my administration came into being, Anambra was running a six-hour economy, but now, with our successes in security, our state now runs a 24-hour economy.

“Our people now come back home to the state to settle and participate in social activities without spending so much on security,” he said.

The governor, while urging the security agencies to sustain the synergy among them, also warned criminal elements to stay away from the state or face retribution.

“Do not be intimidated by pressure from anyone to release any crime suspect without proper investigation; there is no room for sacred cows,” Obiano emphasised.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Anambra Vigilante Supervisory Committee, Mr Ikechukwu Aduba, appealed to communities in the state to support government and the security agencies by providing useful information to them.

“The current IGP has taken security to the next level and Nigerians need to support his efforts to make the country safe.

“We know that the state of security in the country is worrisome but it is a global issue; we will not be overwhelmed,” he said.

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