The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, says the special security action plan operation codenamed “Operation Puff Adder II” is aimed at dislodging bandits from their current operational spaces and denying them space to regroup in other parts of the country.
The IGP said this on Monday at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, during the flag-off of the new operation.
He said the new operation will reinforce the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes in the country.
The IGP charged the police operatives to be civil with law abiding citizens, but firm and ruthless with criminal elements. He said the new operation will be intelligence-led and community-driven, and assured the operatives of adequate welfare.
Adamu said the new operation would be executed in collaboration with the Armed Forces, the Intelligence Community and other sister security agencies.
The IGP said the new operation will also ensure that arrested bandits and their collaborators are brought to book.
“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. In the long run, it is expected that the operation shall be replicated across other States of the Federation to deal with the security challenges inherent in those States,” he said.