The Cross River State Police Command has launched Operation Puff Adder in Calabar, the State capital.
Launching the operation, the State Commissioner of Police, Austin Agbonlahor said that the launch was in line with the Inspector General of Police’s directives that the operation be launch in the state.
“You may recalled that on April 5, 2019, the inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar had launched a special operation code name ” Operation Puff Adder” to tackle emerging insecurity challenges especially kidnapping, armed robbery banditry among others crimes along Abuja-Kaduna express way and other parts of the country.
“The IGP equally directed the Commissioner of police in charge of state police commands to replicate same in their respective state commands. In compliance with IGP’s directive, the Cross River State police command is inaugurating a special squad, code name operation Puff Adder,” he said.
The operation, according to him, will be under the direct supervision of the commissioner of police, adding that personnel of the squad are drawn from the conventional Police, Mobile Police Force, Special Protection Unit, Rapid Response Squad, Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Anti-Cultism and kidnapping squad as well as others.
He said that the mission of the operation is to intensify effort to tackle crime which is almost putting the populace in fear and urged the officers and men of the operation to ensure that all their operations are carried within the ambit of the law in a manner that they won’t infringe on the fundamental human right of the citizenry.
The CP called for the cooperation of members of the public to at all times give useful information that will lead the police burst criminal hideouts, stressing that the business of keeping the society at peace isn’t that of security agents alone but everybody’s business.dp