The Bayelsa State Police Command has launched “Operation Puff Adder,” an initiative of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu to combat crime and criminality in various parts of the country.
At the launching ceremony held at the State Police Headquarters in Yenagoa, the state capital, the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa Command, Uche Anozi, said following the successes recorded in tackling the cases of banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes across the country, the IGP directed all Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands to launch the operation in their respective domains.
According to CP Anozi, it was in compliance with IGP’s directives, that the Bayelsa State Police Command set up a special squad comprising of 170 gallant Officers and men to officially launch Operation Puff Adder in the State, adding that the Officers were carefully selected from the detachment of the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, State Intelligence Bureau, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Unit Anti Bomb Squad, and from various Police Divisions.
He said: “The operation is designed to source for actionable intelligence to confront and annihilate criminals and mop-up illegal arms from unauthorized individuals. The squad will conduct intelligence-driven raids on criminal hideouts, targeting cultists, armed robbers and kidnappers, among others.
“In addition, drug abuse is one of the major factors that fuels crime. This operation will target locations where illicit drugs are sold and consumed, confiscate and arrest the outlaws with a view to bringing them to justice. The role of the community and the involvement of members of the community in active policing is a global practice, hence the need for community polcing cannot be over-emphasised.
“This operation will engage community leaders and youths in periodic meetings to find lasting solutions to the challenges of crime in the community. The Police will also utilize non-state security actors such as the vigilantes, Community Development Committees, CDCs, and youth bodies to partner the police in tackling crimes and criminality in the state.”