Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Operation Puff Adder parades 19 criminals in Benue

The Benue State Police Command has launched "Operation Puff Adder" in Benue State to curb the rising wave of criminal activities in the State.

The Commissioner of Police, Benue State, CP Mukaddas Garba, while launching the operation in Makurdi, last Wednesday, said it was in "continuation of efforts by the Nigeria Police Force to speedily bring to an end the current internal security challenges being experienced in some parts of the country including Benue State."

Garba said "Operation Puff Adder" would deploy well-trained and equipped personnel to strategic areas for prevention and quick response to situations that may arise.

"The operation is also targeted at identifying, locating and dismantling kidnapping gangs across the state and bringing the kidnappers and their collaborators to justice," the police boss said.

The commissioner, who resumed duties in Benue last week, appealed to stakeholders to cooperate with the officers employed to their communities to ensure success of the operation, even as he assured that information given to the police by the public will be treated with confidence.

He said one of them was the launching of a robust security action plan tagged "OPERATION PUFF ADDER” on 5th April, 2019 at Katar Bishin District; Abuja Kaduna Expressway. He equally directed that the Operation be implemented in all States.

"The operation is also targeted at identifying, locating and dismantling kidnapping gangs across the state and bringing the kidnappers and their collaborators to justice," CP said.

He particularly stated that the Sankara axis bedevilled by criminal elements would witness heavy deployment of the special team.

The CP also paraded 19 suspects arrested for sundry crimes including armed robbery, kidnapping, illegal arm manufacturing and cultism.

He said their cases have been charged to Court for prosecution.

Among those paraded includes a suspected illegal armed manufacturer from Oju local government area, who was manufacturing prohibited arms and supplying same to criminals.

Items recovered from them includes  locally made pistols, fabricated metal barel modified to fire both ammunition and catridges, live ammunition, empty shells of expanded ammunition, parts of locally made guns, a camouflage cap, cash, phones among others.

 

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