IGP Flags Off Operation Puff Adder II Over Insecurity

Operatives of Operatives Puff Adder participate in the training at the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja on February 15, 2021. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV


The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has flagged-off a reinvigorated special security action plan, code-named, Operation Puff Adder 2, aimed at reinforcing the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes in the country.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police explained that the new special operation, which will be intelligence-led and community-driven, will be executed in sustained collaboration with the armed forces, intelligence community and other sister security agencies.

“The new special operation, which will be intelligence-led and community-driven, will be executed in sustained collaboration with the Armed Forces, the Intelligence Community and other sister security agencies,” the IGP said.

“It is aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from criminals that are bent on threatening the internal security order across the country and bringing them to book.”

While assuring Nigerians that the Force would continue to do all within its powers to guarantee a stable security order across the country, Adamu said the operation is aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from criminals that are bent on threatening the internal security order across the country and bringing them to book.

With the Special Operation, there shall be a massive and well-planned deployment of both human and other operational assets of the Force to reinforce and consolidate on the successes and achievements of Operation Puff Adder I, launched by the IGP in April 2019.

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Police Arrest Four Suspects Over Possession Of Illegal Firearms In Katsina


Police in Katsina State has arrested four suspects in connection with possession of two AK 47 rifles with empty ammunition.

In a press briefing, the spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah told reporters that “On 11/12/2019 at about 22:00hrs, information was received that the following suspected persons:

Alhaji Haruna Sani, m, aged 65yrs, Ibrahim Rabi’u, m, aged 54yrs, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Harisu, m, aged 40yrs and Anas Harisu, m, aged 23yrs were in possession of the prohibited firearms.”

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He said Operation Puff Adder, led by O/C SARS Katsina, swiftly swung into action, mobilized to the location and arrested the suspects, adding that in the course of investigation suspects confessed to the crime and led policemen to the scene where two AK 47 rifles with breech numbers 406071 and 1413174 D60 were recovered.

One of the suspects, Alhaji Haruna Sani confessed to having seized the firearms from suspected bandits that attacked their villages sometimes in the month of December 2018 but refused to hand over the seized weapons to the police in fear of the unknown.

The command believed that its unwavering commitment towards the protection of lives and property of citizens in the state is yielding a positive result, noting that this fit was achieved as a result of robust community policing engagement through the process of dialogue, visibility policing, unrelenting and aggressive counter crime strategies.

Police Arrest High Profile Drug Dealers In Borno


The Borno State Police Command has said that 17 suspected high profile drug dealers have been arrested in a joint operation with operatives of Operation Puff Adder.

According to the commissioner of Police, Mohammed, the arrest was successful with the collaboration of indigenes.

“You can see the exhibit, the number of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, suck and die in large quantity, hard drug Drazzapan, Shisha smoker pot that is being used nowadays to smoke the dry leaves as if it were the actual shisha smoking ingredients,” Ndatsu revealed.

Also paraded were suspected forgery syndicates, who according to The Police commissioner have been defrauding unsuspecting people offering them fake appointments in government agencies.

Fake Appointment letters bearing NNPC, NPS and other government agencies were recovered as exhibits from the alleged fraudsters.

“We arrested forgers and cheaters who specialize in issuing fake appointment letters and collecting a huge sum of money. Some were gotten with fake NIPOST, NNPC appointment letters. Francis Josiah, Gideon Ndanga 32 years are from Borno State.”

Police Parade 38 Suspected Kidnappers, Armed Robbers And Cattle Rustlers

The suspects


Operatives of the Operation Puff Adder have paraded 38 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and cattle rustlers for various criminal activities.

Among the suspects is a nursing mother suspected to be involved in high-level kidnapping and car snatching in various parts of the north and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Parading them in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba said the other members of the kidnap gang that abducted the Chairman of the Universal Basic Education commission along Kaduna Abuja high-way are among the 38 suspects

“Operatives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), as well as Operatives from the Special Tactical Squad (STS) who are integral and very important components of the Operation Puff Adder scheme within this period, were able to arrest 38 suspects, one of them a female.

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“All of these persons that we are presenting to you today have been positively been indicted by our investigations in one way or the other, in various crimes particularly in kidnapping, armed robbery, crime theft, cattle rustling, unlawful possession of firearms, illicit manufacturing and fabrication of weapons, attempts to commit culpable homicide and in some clear cases actual homicide,” he stated.

Mba also explained that the police succeeded in intercepting 28 trucks loaded with grains meant to be delivered to bandits in Zamfara State.

Operation Puff Adder: One Killed, One Injured As Police Raid Bandits’ Camp In Katsina



Operatives of the Operation Puff Adder deployed to Batsari LGA of Katsina State have succeeded in killing one suspected bandit and fatally injured another during its operation in Dagwarwa village of Batsari_Safana Axis.

In a press briefing held at the command headquarters, Katsina State, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Sanusi Buba told journalists that the team led by the Divisional Police Officer in Batsari LGA raided one of the bandits camps and had a fierce gun duel.

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He says the team had equally succeeded in dislodging the hoodlums from their enclaves as a result of which one of the hoodlums was killed, one arrested alive though fatally injured and the rest took to their heels into the forest.

Items recovered from the suspects include one military rifle, four abandoned motorcycles and two bags of food items as well as four hand sets.

Investigation is still ongoing to arrest the remaining members of the syndicate who took to their heels.

Zamfara Residents React To FG’s Suspension Of Mining Activities


Some residents in Zamfara state have expressed optimism that the recent ban on mining activities will help tackle the insecurity situation that has affected the state.

The residents who spoke to Channels TV also urged the security agencies posted to the state for the “Operation Puff Adder”, to intensify efforts at ending the acts of the bandits.

An activist based in Gusau, Adamu  Kotorkoshi, said the suspension of mining activities is in the right direction because the issue of mistaken identity will be duly addressed.

“Most of the communities affected by insurgency are where these mining activities take place, where there is a large deposit of gold. It will give the security agencies an edge over the bandits because they cannot differentiate the miners from the bandits.

“Anybody found in the bush will be arrested; necessary actions will be taken in order to bring an end to the issue of banditry in Zamfara state,” he stated.

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For some other residents, the decision to suspend mining activities by the Federal Government will help improve businesses and reduce several attacks they witness from bandits.

They, however, urged the government to expedite the process within two weeks and a month in order for peace to return to the state.

The Federal Government ordered the suspension of all mining activities in Zamfara state on Sunday.

The directive was made known by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu at a press conference in Abuja.

The mandate gave all foreigners, legal and illegal miners, 48 hours to vacate their locations.

PHOTOS: Fear Of Kidnapping Forces Abuja, Kaduna Travellers To Use Rail Lines

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Travelers have besieged rail stations in Abuja and Kaduna, despite the move by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu who inaugurated “Operation Puff Adder” to tackle kidnapping, banditry and other crimes along the expressway on Friday.

The travelers besieged the Abuja end of Idu rail station and Kaduna end of Rigasa station to get tickets early Saturday morning.

The queue was a surprise to many travelers who chose Saturday, with the hope that the stations would be less congested.

A traveler who simply identified himself as Abdullahi said: “I decided to travel today (Saturday) because the crowd is usually much on Friday, now it’s becoming more crowded even on weekends. This is to show that people can’t trust their lives with the Abuja-Kaduna road.”

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The first train to Kaduna from Abuja was scheduled to leave at 7:00 am.

However, the ticket for the first trip was already sold out, passengers were left with no other choice than to obtain the standing tickets. Despite exhausting the standing the tickets, many still missed the first trip scheduled to arrive at 9:00 am.

A passenger who was travelling with his family to Kaduna for a wedding said he woke up as early as 5:00 am, hoping he would get to Kaduna by 9:00 am.

He said the situation made him perplexed as to whether to still travel or not.

He further urged the Federal Government to make provisions for more coaches to ease movement of people between inter- states.

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FG Receives Repentant Niger Delta Militants 

Niger DeltaThe Federal Government will be receiving about 7,000 repentant militants in Akwa Ibom State on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Co-ordinator of the Amnesty Program, Retired Brigadier-General Paul Boroh said that the repentant militants declared their interest to disarm and join the Niger Delta Amnesty programme.

He was speaking to journalists after an inter-agency meeting to discuss the recent attack on pipelines in the Niger Delta.

General Boroh added that the ex-agitators have also declared their willingness to be involved in plans to ensure the security of pipelines and oil facilities in the region.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Ugure, had earlier hosted an inter-agency meeting, where strategies on how to counter the attacks on oil facilities were discussed.

Warri Pipeline Explosion

Facilities belonging to the Nigeria Gas Company, Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC were blown up by suspected militants on Friday, January 15 in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

This has forced the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to announce the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries owing to crude supply challenges arising from the attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.

Both the Nigerian Army and the Navy have described the attack as sabotage and terrorism which will not be tolerated.

The JTF Commander of Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, Major-General Alani Okunola, said that the task force had mobilised men to apprehend those who attacked the oil facilities.

He also warned community leaders that they would be held responsible for any attack on the country’s oil and gas facilities in their domains.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, while condemning the act, promised that no efforts would be spared in securing the lives and property of the citizens.

He also proposed the establishment of special courts and tribunals to tackle crimes in the maritime sector.


Pipeline Attack: NNPC Shuts Port Harcourt, Kaduna Refineries

Kaduna-Refinery-plant-refinery-nnpcThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Wednesday announced the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries owing to crude supply challenges arising from recent attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.

A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, said that the plants were shut simultaneously on Sunday after the Bonny – Okrika crude supply line to the Port Harcourt Refinery and the Escravos-Warri crude supply line to the Kaduna Refinery suffered breaches.

The NNPC stated that before the closure, the Port Harcourt Refinery was recording a daily PMS yield of over 4.1 million litres while Kaduna Refinery was posting a daily petrol production of about 1.3 million litres.

The statement noted that the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company is still on stream and producing a little above 1.4 million Litres of petrol per day.

The Corporation however assured Nigerians that it had put in place strategies to guarantee unimpeded country-wide availability of petroleum products.

“In response to the unexpected setback, we have activated comprehensive remedial measures to sustain the prevailing stability in the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country,” the NNPC said.

Kano Govt. Sets Up Amnesty Committee To Curb Cattle Rustling

Cattle-RustlingKano State Government has formed an amnesty committee for cattle rustlers who may wish to lay down their arms to stop cattle rustling and other criminal activates in the state.

While receiving cattle and other domestic animals recovered by the police in Kano, Governor Ganduje urged rustlers to surrender their weapons before it becomes too late.

According to Channels Television’s correspondent in the state, 71 suspects were arrested, while 21 weapons of different caliber were recovered from the miscreants.

While disclosing the success achieved in the fight against cattle rustlers in the state, the Governor said that “The days of cattle rustlers in Kano State are numbered”.

Mr. Ganduje also revealed that under the cattle rustling amnesty, the rustlers will be trained and empowered by the state government on any business suitable for their skills.

He went further to say that three Local Government Areas, which were worst hit by rustlers, have since been liberated while a joint military and police, ‘Operation Puff Adder’, is currently going on at the notorious Falgore Forest to fetch out fleeing rustlers who pose a threat to the growth and survival of rural economy in the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, while handing over the cattle, told the Governor that the recent encounter had led to the recovery of 519 cows, 11 camels, 134 Sheep and a large quantity of drugs valued at over 61 million Naira.

The Commissioner assured the Governor that his command will not allow Kano to continue to be a haven for cattle rustlers and other criminal activities.