Following the official launch of ‘Operation Puff Adder II’ to fight the rising tide of insecurity in the country, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has deployed 275 special forces to Zamfara State.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had drawn men from the Counter-Terrorism Unit, Mobile Force, and Special Forces of the NPF to form the operation.
Speaking during the official flag-off of Operation Puff Adder II in Zamfara State on Thursday, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro said the exercise would be community-driven and would foster partnerships with other sister security agencies in the state.
He lamented the proliferation of attacks and banditry in the northern region, tasking the officers to be brutal on criminal elements threatening the safety and security of the people of Zamfara.
He also enjoined the officers to be law-abiding in the course of their duties.
Also speaking, the State Governor, Bello Matawalle assured that the administration would make available the necessary logistics for the smooth sail of the operation.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran, appealed to the residents to partner with security agencies by giving out vital and timely information of happenings around them.
The state is one of the hotbeds of banditry and kidnapping among others in the north western region.
On Monday, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had flagged-off ‘Operation Puff Adder 2’ at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The IGP said the security force would help to reinforce the progressive war against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and other violent crimes in the country.