Operatives of the Nigeria police attached to operation Puff Adder have arrested 93 kidnap suspects with various dangerous weapons.
In a statement released on Thursday, Force Public Relation Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said that “The suspects were arrested from different parts of the North-Central, North-Western and North-Eastern parts of the Country.
The statement further reads: “operatives of Operation Puff Adder recovered One (1) rocket launcher, Thirty-five (35) AK47 rifles, Ten (10) locally-made AK47 rifles and Five hundred (500) live ammunition. Also recovered from the hoodlums are eight (8) locally-made revolver pistols, ten (10) pairs of military camouflage uniform, two (2) operational vehicles, and other incriminating items.
It added that “The operations leading to these arrests and recoveries were carried out by a joint team of Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, North-Central sector. The team consists of detectives from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Force Intelligence Unit, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS).
“Other operatives in the Joint Mission includes personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF) the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Protection Unit (SPU) and the Special Forces”.
Meanwhile, the Police said its investigators backed by their counterparts in the Forensic and Technical Intelligence Units have commenced a comprehensive investigation of all the Ninety-three (93) suspects arrested in these operations.
The investigations among other things are aimed at tracking, uncovering and disrupting the sources of arms supply to the criminal groups, as well as identifying their collaborators, and bringing all involved in these heinous crimes to justice.
“The massive achievements recorded by the Nigeria Police Force within the last few days are in line with the objectives and core mandates of Operation Puff Adder as an initiative of the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Mohammed Adamu, aimed at curbing all kinds of violent crimes within our society. The achievements are also indicative of the fact that the security agents are now winning the war against the criminal elements”, the statement read.