As part of efforts to combat banditry, kidnappings and other criminal activities, the Nasarawa State police command has launched Operation Puff Adder in the state.
State police commissioner, Bola Longer, briefing newsmen after the inauguration of the operation on Monday, also disclosed that 14 suspected kidnappers terrorizing people within the Mararaba-Udege axis in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state have been arrested.
The launch of Operation Puff Adder in the state is in accordance with a directive by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Longer said five persons were able to identify the suspected kidnappers who were arrested, as their abductors.
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He explained that kidnappers in that part of the state hide on the mountain tops and caves and only come out from such hideouts and carry out their criminal practices and them recoil back immediately at the end.
Speaking on the inauguration of the Operation, Longer said it will help to re-dominate and reclaim the state from heinous criminals who were bent on threatening the nation’s internal security.
“The operation will cover all inch of the state, as the battle will be taken to the planning cum operational theatre of the criminal elements, including the mountain tops and its crevices, no matter how remote until the last vestiges of criminality is annihilated,” he said.
“I want to equally sound a serious note of warning to the criminal elements, hoodlums/cultists and their ilk in whatever form or group to desist from their nefarious activities as their criminal enterprise would not be allowed to flourish in any part of the state,” the commissioner of police maintained.
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