Launched on 5th April 2019, Operation Puff Adder, the operational initiative of the new Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu NPM, mni, to tackle violent crimes like kidnapping, armed robbery and armed banditry across Nigeria, has so far arrested 227 suspects and freed 27 kidnapped victims, including channels TV staff, the Nigeria Police have announced.
The police also said that 161 AK 47 riffles, one rocket launcher and 1528 live ammunitions were among the items recovered through Operation Puff Adder.
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A total of five kidnapped Chinese nationals were rescued unhurt, while the mastermind of the kidnap of UBEC chairman, one Sumaila Sule, alias SHAHO, male (estimated be in his mid thirties), a native of Rijana village in Kachia LGA of Kaduna state who is “one of the most vicious and most wanted kidnappers that has been terrorizing citizens in Kaduna and its environs,” has also met his waterloo.
He died in gun duel with Police in the early hours of 18th May, 2019 following multiple bullet wounds he sustained during a deadly shootout with operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder.
Not less the 38 dane guns and 18 locally made pistols were also recovered by the police. Among kidnapped victims rescued was a Channel TV staff, who was also rescued unhurt.
The IGP also expressed appreciation to Nigerians and promised that despite the laudable achievements of Operation Puff Adder, the Police will not relent in its efforts to curb criminalities in the society as Operation Puff Adder is “still counting” its achievements.
The IGP solicited for continuous support for the police from members of the Public and other security agents, assuring Nigerians that “security agencies will not rest on their oars until normalcy is restored in every part of Nigeria”.