Crime and Security

Harvest of arrest as police parade 93 kidnappers in northern region

Recover rocket Launcher, 35 AK-47, 500 live ammunition

The Nigeria Police has paraded 93 suspected kidnappers who have been terrorizing Nigerians in the northern part of the country. The arrest is the outcome of the Operation Puff Ader.

The police spokesman DCP Frank Mba who made this known in a statement on Thursday, said various caliber of arms and ammunition were recovered during the operation carried out in different parts of the North-Central, North-Western and North-Eastern parts of the Country.

“A total of Ninety Three (93) kidnap suspects were arrested from different parts of the North-Central, North-Western and North-Eastern parts of the Country.

“In addition, operatives of Operation Puff Adder recovered One (1) rocket launcher, Thirty-five (35) AK47 rifles, Ten (10) locally-made AK47 rifles and Five hundred (500) live ammunition.

“Also recovered from the hoodlums are eight (8) locally-made revolver pistols, ten (10) pairs of military camouflage uniform, two (2) operational vehicles, and other incriminating items.

“The operations leading to these arrests and recoveries were carried out by joint team of Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, North-Central sector. The team consists of detectives from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Force Intelligence Unit, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS).

“Other operatives in the Joint Mission include personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF) the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Protection Unit (SPU) and the Special Forces, Mba said.

Mba said the Police investigators backed by their counterparts in the Forensic and Technical Intelligence Units have commenced comprehensive investigation of all the Ninety-three (93) suspects arrested in these operations.

According to him, the investigations among other things are aimed at tracking, uncovering and disrupting the sources of arms supply to the criminal groups, as well as identifying their collaborators, and bringing all involved in these heinous crimes to justice.

“The massive achievements recorded by the Nigeria Police Force within the last few days are in line with the objectives and core mandates of Operation Puff Adder as an initiative of the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP M.A Adamu, aimed at curbing all kinds of violent crimes within our society.

“The achievements are also indicative of the fact that the security agents are now winning the war against the criminal elements.

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