…Says end of banditry is near
BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – As the Nigeria Police Force and other Security agencies intensify offensive against armed bandits terrorizing parts of the country, the Inspector General of Police, (Ag. IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday visited Sokoto and Zamfara States, in the North West currently experiencing the challenges of armed banditry and associated crimes.
The visit of the IGP, who was accompanied by the DIG Operations, Abdulmajid Ali is to enable him conduct an on- the – spot evaluation of operational and deployment strategies in place in both States with a view to afford the him ample opportunity to have a “one-on-one” interaction with officers and men on the ground.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said this will, in addition to being a morale boosting undertaking, help to galvanize local support for the Police and other Security Forces engaged in the Operation Puff Adder.
While addressing the officers and men of both Commands, IGP Adamu charged them to be on the offensive and take the battle to the bandits’ camp and ensure total reclamation and domination of all the public spaces occupied by them and bring them to justice, adding that the end of banditry is near.
In a Town Hall Meeting in Gusau, capital of Zamfara State which drew participants from relevant stakeholders, including top government officials – Secretary to Zamfara State Government Prof. Abdullahi Muhammad, Chief of Staff of Zamfara State Government, Engr Abdullahi Abulkarim – Traditional Rulers, Local Government Chairmen, Farmers Association, Mityetti Allah, Religious Leaders amongst others, the IGP commiserated with the community members particularly those who lost their loved ones or incurred one loss or another as a result of the activities of the bandits.
He called on the people to support the security agencies with human intelligence and any relevant information that could aid the success of the operation.
On their part, the stakeholders commended the Federal Government for banning mining activities in their area and equally requested for increased deployment of Policemen to their communities, even as they prayed that the members of the Civilian Joint Task Force be allowed to join the Police in tackling the menace of armed bandits in their communities.
The IGP has since departed Zamfara to Sokoto in continuation of his mission.