The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has asked personnel of Nigerian Police Force to be firm and show no compassion to “criminal elements”.
The IGP stated this at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, during the flag-off of a special security action plan, codenamed “Operation Puff Adder II”, to strengthen the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes in the nation.
While promising the police operatives of adequate welfare provisions, he instructed them to be civil with law abiding citizens, adding that the new special operation would be intelligence-led and community-driven.
He said the new operation would be carried out in a sustained collaboration with the Armed Forces, the Intelligence Community and other sister security agencies in the country.
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“This flag-off is the first phase of the operation targeted at the full restoration of peace and security in the North-West and North-Central Geopolitical Zones of the country, he added.
“The operation is targeted at dislodging bandits from their current operational spaces and not granting them space to regroup in other parts of the nation.
“It will also ensure that all arrested bandits and their collaborators are punished accordingly. In the long run, it is expected that the operation shall be replicated across other States of the Federation to deal with the security issues ingrained in those States.”