As part of measures aimed at achieving lasting peace across Oyo State, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate deployment of police Intervention and Stabilization Forces to the state.
He indicated that the special force has been mandated to reclaim the public space, reinforce security and bolster public confidence in the areas affected by the recent crisis across the state.
Adamu, through a statement on Monday by the force spokesperson, Frank Mba, said that the intervention force would be coordinated by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG David Folawiyo,
He added that the Folawiyo-led team would liaise with the locals and all relevant stakeholders towards achieving the mandate of the squad.
Adamu listed officers on the team to include four (4) Units of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), seasoned operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau, and one (1) operational, surveillance Police helicopter from the Police Air-wing department.
According to him, the intervention force is charged with the responsibility of reinforcing and stabilizing security in the State, preventing further breakdown of law and order, protecting lives and properties, and ultimately enhancing public safety and general security in the state.
“The IGP assures that the Force is committed to the safety of lives and properties of the citizens in the country. He calls on the citizens and residents of Oyo State and other Nigerians to embrace peace and cooperate with the Police and the security community as they redouble their efforts in ensuring that sustainable peace and security are restored to the affected areas,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Adamu also flagged-off ‘Operation Puff Adder II ’ in line with the security agency commitment to reinforce the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes in the country.
He explained that the new special operation, which would be intelligence-led and community-driven, would be executed in sustained collaboration with the Armed Forces, the Intelligence Community and other sister security agencies.
According to the police boss, the special operations is aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from criminals that are bent on threatening the internal security order across the country and bringing them to book.
Speaking on Monday during the flag-off of the Special Operation at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, Adamu noted that Operation Puff Adder II was an initiative of the force conceived from a deliberate and critical evaluation of the pattern and trend of crimes in the country.
“With the Special Operation, there shall be massive and well-planned deployment of both human and other operational assets of the Force to reinforce and consolidate on the successes and achievements of Operation Puff Adder I, launched by the IGP in April, 2019.
“The first phase of the operation targeted at the full restoration of peace and security in the North-West and North-Central Geopolitical Zones of the country. The operation is aimed at dislodging bandits from their current operational spaces and denying them space to regroup in other parts of the country.
“It will also ensure that all arrested bandits and their collaborators are brought to book. In the long run, it is expected that the operation shall be replicated across other States of the Federation to deal with the security challenges inherent in those states,” he said.
While assuring the police operatives of adequate welfare provisions during the mission, Adamu enjoined them to be firm and ruthless with criminal elements threatening the safety of citizens in their areas of responsibilities.