Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, has deployed 150 riot policemen and special forces operatives to reinforce the force’s operations against kidnapping in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Bala Ciroma, FCT Commissioner of Police, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday.
The FCT, where the country’s capital, Abuja, is situated, has witnessed a rise in kidnapping in the last few weeks.
According to Ciroma, the deployment would strengthen security, dismantle and dislodge all criminal hideouts, especially kidnappers’ camps within the FCT.
He said: “It would be recalled that two days ago, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, launched a strategic operation (Operation Puff Adder II) involving the deployment of human and operational assets to address the emerging security challenges and rid the country of criminal elements.
“Consequently, the Inspector-General of Police has graciously deployed 150 personnel consisting of operatives from the Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Unit and Special Forces in the Federal Capital Territory to reinforce the on-going counter kidnapping operations.
“The deployment will strengthen security, dismantle and dislodge all criminal hideouts especially kidnappers’ camps within the FCT.
“Hence, I charge all personnel deployed within the FCT to be professional, firm, dedicated, civil with law-abiding citizens and ruthless to all criminal elements.”
The CP also said the command would use the operation to foster community policing and collaboration with other security agencies.