The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, stated on Wednesday that Oyo State ranked highest for number of live ammunition recovered in the ongoing arms recovery operations and war against criminality in the country, codenamed Operation Puff Adder.
The IGP said this in his official quarters in Abuja while addressing a delegation of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Nasarawa State Chapter, led by Alhaji. Aminu Muazu Maifata who paid him the traditional Salah visit.
Mohammed stated that since the launch of the operation on April 5, 2019, a total number of 63 kidnapped victims were rescued unhurt by police operatives.
He revealed that 2,175 suspects were arrested for various offences as follows: kidnapping, 852; armed robbery, 865; murder, 359 and cultism, 99.
With respect to arms recovery, the IGP noted that 834 arms, including 2 – rocket launchers, 19,009 live ammunition were recovered with Oyo State recording the highest number of 9,500 live ammunition.
He said the police are rejigging their strategies to ensure proactive interception of illicit weapons coming into the country and at the same time mop up unauthorized weapons in circulation.
According to him, “the mind-boggling size of the arrests and arms recovered so far is a testament to the efficacy of Operation Puff Adder and more importantly to the unalloyed and unwavering support of the public to the Nigeria Police and other security agencies.”