In a bid to combat crime in Osun, the state command of the Nigerian Police Force inaugurated operation ‘Puff Adder’ on Friday the 26th of April 2019.
Recently, similar operations have commenced in other states in the country, most notably in Borno, Kaduna and Zamfara states.
The State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, promised more security so that the state can continue to retain its status as one of the most peaceful in the country.
Government officials, including Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Charles Akinola, security chiefs, traditional rulers and other prominent stakeholders all attended the event to commemorate the launching of the operation.
In the statement provided by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Adeniyi Adesina, Oyetola described security as a condition precedent to an improved economy and a better life for the people.
Launching the operation, Governor Oyetola said his administration had given security sector the required attention as part of their efforts to drive the socio-economic and political policies and programmes of his administration.
“Since [the] development and progress of any state can be measured by [the] security of such society, hence the need for the support given to security agencies by the state government.”
Oyetola said his government has demonstrated a high sense of commitment to maintain and sustain the tempo of the relative peace being enjoyed in the state and pledged his government’s continued support and collaboration with the security agencies to eliminate all forms of crime in the state.
Speaking further, Governor Oyetola commended the acting Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, for the initiative, noting that the scheme will help efforts to nip all forms of insecurity challenges confronting the state, and the nation at large, in the bud.
He said: “We are committing resources to advance the security architecture of the state, having realised that peace is a condition precedent to inviting investors and development partners to the state.
“I thank the Osun Police Command for the invitation to be a part of the new initiative to combat crimes in the nation and in the state.
“I also commend the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed A. Adamu, for initiating Operation Puff Adder as a response to the serial crimes in the nation.
“I equally appreciate the Osun Police Command for its contributions to the profile of State of Osun as one of the safest and most secure states in Nigeria.
“There is no doubt that insecurity remains an impediment to [the] development and progress of any society, hence the need for us as a government to key into the things that will enhance the security of lives and property of the citizenry since assumption of office.
“So, I appeal to the people of the state to cooperate with the Police to achieve the objective of Operation Puff Adder by providing relevant information? just as I appeal to policemen deployed in the operation to observe the universal rule of engagement in the discharge of their assignment.
“I pledge the support and cooperation of government to the successful implementation of Operation Puff Adder and other security operations,” Oyetola added.
Additionally, the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Ige, applauded the state government for being supportive of the Force, calling it a “clear manifestation of the passion and commitment attached to security in the state.”
The Police chief noted that the Operation would support and enhance the performance of the officers and men of the Command in combating armed banditry, crime and criminality in the state.
She expressed confidence that the Operation would put a permanent end to security challenges and help to maintain the tempo of peace reigning in the state.
Furthermore, the Commissioner of Police called for support from the state government, sister agencies and the general public to ensure the success of the Operation.
“Since the role of Nigeria Police is to provide intensive internal security that is strategically crucial, hence the need for this initiative which is put in place to put a permanent end to insecurity challenges in the country.
“It is in view of this that the Acting Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar Adamu, on April 5th, 2019 came up with the launch of the Operation Puff Adder to combat all forms of armed banditry, violence and other related crimes.
“This strategic move would help to ensure that states of the federation are safe and protected while the security of lives and property of the citizens are given utmost priority.”
“Therefore, the cooperation and the collaboration of every citizen, stakeholder among others is required in bringing a permanent end to incidences of armed banditry and violence in the state.
“The loyalty and commitment of all and sundry are of greatest need to ensure the success of this Operation, while the commitment, cooperation and support of the government cannot be overlooked on the need to nip in the bud the criminal activities in the state,” she added.
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