The Adamawa State’s new security outfit, Operation Farauta, yesterday, paraded 40 kidnapping, armed robbery, and cattle rustling suspects.
The state government disclosed that since the setting up of the security outfit, criminal activities have declined, as no fewer than 30 kidnappers and other criminal elements have been arrested.
Briefing journalists in Yola, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Aliyu Adamu Alhaji, warned criminals to either relocate from the state or be arrested and prosecuted.
He said: “The security situation in the state has already been taken note of and this can be achieved through strategic planning, community policing, partnership, problems solving, and organisational transformation for better and efficient service delivery.
“It is important to inform members of the public that I will strictly ensure the security of life and property, and as such, the command will wage relentless and severe onslaught on criminals in the state.
“We have created a robust intelligence network and platform with members of the public and private individuals for confidence building.”
According to the Commissioner of Police, items recovered include; 8 AK 47 rifles, one locally-made pistol, one Sharon bus and the sum of N1.130 million.
“The command’s anti-kidnapping unit and other tactical units in compliance with my directives in my maiden address collaborated with professional hunters being our critical stakeholders in our policing strategy were deployed to Shigari, Yadim, Wuro-Bokki, Sigire, Nassarawo Jereng villages of Fufore, Mayo-Belwa, Song, Mubi LGAs achieved the feat within a concise period.”
“On the strength of that, 40 suspects in connection to kidnapping activities, cattle rustling and culpable homicide from across the state while, eight AK 47 rifles, one locally-made pistol, one Sharon vehicle, cash of N1.130 million were recovered,” the police commissioner said.
While appealing to the public members to volunteer information on people of questionable characters in their midst, the command, however, appreciated members of the general public for their cooperation in the recent successes recorded and encouraged them to do more to rid criminals’ society.
While appealing to the Adamawa people to cooperate with the police by providing information for maximum results, Aliyu assured residents of their safety.
“My task is to keep Adamawa State safe. Light has come, and we need to gainfully engage the youths and give them reorientation to become more productive to build their capacity.
“We are using technology to police the state so that before any crime is committed, it is nipped in the bud. There shall be no hiding place for criminals because they shall all be arrested,” he said.