By: Joy Odor/Abuja
The Inspector General of Police, M.A Adamu has called for tougher legislation against kidnapping and banditry including possible state seizure of assets linked to illicit proceeds from kidnapping and other heinous crimes.
This, the IGP believed will act as a strong disincentive to potential kidnappers and other violent criminals, saying the call has become necessary against the increasingly daring resort to these forms of crimes by criminal elements in the society.
The IGP made this call on Wednesday 5th June, 2019 while addressing a delegation of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Nasarawa State Chapter, led by Alhaji Aminu Muazu Maifata who paid him traditional Sallah visit in his official in Abuja.
The IGP also seized the opportunity of the visit to apprise the visitors on the successes recorded by “Operation Puff Adder” in the ongoing fight against criminal elements across the country.
He stated that “since the launch of Operation Puff Adder on 5th April 2019, till date, a total number of Sixty-Three (63) Kidnapped victims were rescued unhurt by Police Operatives.
“In a similar vein, Two Thousand, One Hundred and Seventy-Five (2,175) suspects were arrested for the following offences: Kidnapping – Eight Hundred and Fifty Two (852), Armed Rubbery – Eight Hundred and Sixty Five (865), Murder – Three Hundred and Fifty Nine (359) and Cultism – Ninety Nine (99).
“With respect to arms recovery, the IGP noted that Eight Hundred and Thirty Four (834) Arms, including Two (2) – rocket Launchers, Nineteen Thousand and Nine (19,009) live ammunition were recovered with Oyo State recording the highest number of Nine thousand, Five Hundred ( 9,500) live ammunition.
“I commend my men for a good job, the mind-boggling size of the arrests and arms recovered so far is a testament to the efficacy of Operation Puff Adder and more importantly to the unalloyed and unwavering support of the public to the Nigeria Police and other Security agencies” He stressed.
Alhaji Adamu said the Police are rejigging its strategies to ensure proactive interception of illicit weapons destined to our country and at the same time mop up un- authorized weapons in circulation.
According to the IGP, while a good number of the cases are already being prosecuted in courts across the country, many of the cases are still under active investigation owing largely to the complexity of investigating and managing organized crimes.