The inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday reveals that between April this year and now, 63 kidnap victims were rescued from hands of kidnappers while about 2, 175 suspects have been arrested on the operation Puff Adder which accordingly is aimed at tackling kidnapping and banditry nationwide
The IG said police operative attached to operation puff Adder had also made seizure of assets linked through proceeds of crime, and as justification called for tougher legislation against kidnapping and banditry.
Adamu stated these while addressing a delegation of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Nassarawa State chapter, who visited him in his official quarters in Abuja.
The delegation, which was led by Alhaji Aminu Maifata, had paid the IG a Sallah visit.
According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the IG stated that the 2,175 suspects included 852 arrested for kidnapping, 865 for armed robbery, 359 for murder and 99 for cultism.
Mba said, “The IG called for tougher legislation against kidnapping and banditry, including possible state seizure of assets linked to illicit proceeds from kidnapping and other crimes. This, the IGP believes, will act as a strong disincentive to potential kidnappers and other criminals.
“The IG stated that the police were re-jigging their strategies to ensure proactive interception of illicit weapons destined for our country and at the same time mop up unauthorised weapons from circulation.
“He added that a good number of the cases were already being prosecuted in courts, while many others were still under investigation.”
Meanwhile, no fewer than 60 suspected bandits, popularly called ‘Sara-Suka’, have been arrested within the Bauchi metropolis.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Kamal Abubakar, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.
According to him, the bandits were arrested following intelligence report that led to the raid of criminal hotspots in the metropolis.
He said the Puff Adder operatives, in collaboration with other units in the command and volunteers carried out the raids.
Abubakar said, “Between June 2 and 4, 2019, intelligence-led raids were carried out by the combined efforts of the command’s operation Puff Adder team of the Rapid Response Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Unit, State Intelligence Bureau, ‘A’ Division and volunteer members on identified criminal hotspots in Bauchi metropolis.
“A total of 60 notorious ‘Sara-Suka’ thugs were arrested during the raids.”
The PPRO added that exhibits recovered from the hoodlums included two knives, 11 machetes and eight sachets of assorted illicit drugs.
He also said that a tactical team of the operation puff Adder, while acting on intelligence, arrested two suspected car thieves.
The suspects, Audu Daniel, 29, from the Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, and John Samuel, 22, from the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, was apprehended for allegedly stealing a Lexus SUV valued at N4m.