By Osinachi Nkwocha
The onslaught against banditry in Northern Nigeria is yielding results. The police said 10 suspects were killed and 46 arrested, six days after the inauguration of ‘Operation Puff Adder’ set up to crush the bandits and kidnappers terrorising Kogi, Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, and Katsina States as well as the Federal Capital Territory.
Two victims were rescued as police recovered several AK47 rifles, locally fabricated weapons including live ammunition, live cartridges and magazines.
The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, addressed senior officers in Abuja, urged commanders to evolve new strategies of curbing criminality and requested actionable criminal intelligence to support anti-crime functions.
“The only way we can stay ahead of criminals is to continually generate actionable criminal intelligence to support our anti-crime functions. This can only be achieved if we cultivate citizens’ partnership and confidence by returning policing to the people.
“I charge you all, as you return to your various commands, to renew your sense of commitment to duty and demonstrate requisite professional leadership needed to roll-back the current unacceptable trend of crimes in your commands.”
While acknowledging the achievements of some officers in combatting crime, the IG expressed worries that some of his men were not living up to expectations.
He counselled the officers to evolve new thoughts and approaches to crime management, adding that their ability to do this defined them as a professional and an experienced police manager.