Operation Puff Adder, tremendous success in Zone XI – AIG
* Assures residents of water -tight security
By Steve Oko
The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone XI, Leye Oyebade has said that the Operation Puff Adder launched by the Inspector General of Police earlier in the year recorded tremendous success in the fight against crime in the zone.
Oyebade who stated this during his end of year press briefing at Oshogbo also said adequate security measures had been put in place in the three Commands under the zone to ensure a water -tight security for residents and visitors during the Yuletide.
The police boss who expressed strong confidence in all the Commissioners of Police in the zone also said the entire zone had been successfully crime -mapped with a view to nipping crime in the bud.
Oyebade who is a no-nonsense police boss warned criminal elements to steer clear from the zone or be ready to face the music as officers and men of the force are in red alert against any form of crime.
Below is part of his text at the briefing made available to Wawa News Global :
“The Operation Puff Adder put in place in April as another punching arm of the Force has helped to dislodge criminal elements in the states. As part of public engagement, we also inaugurated with the approval of the IGP, the Zonal Security Stakeholders’ Forum which serves as a platform for members of the public to participate in deciding policing priorities and in other discussions bordering on their security. We realize the importance of partnership as a veritable, sustainable tool of community policing.
” Therefore to further bring policing closer to the people, several police facilities were upgraded while additional ones were built with the support of the people. These facilities include Opete Police Staton, Ilora Police station, Awe Police Station, Ilero Police Station and Ifewara Police Station which were upgraded to police divisions. Similarly, facilities such as Ijebu-Jesa and a few others were renovated while a state- of- the-art Police Station was built by the spirited, security-loving members of the public and was subsequently commissioned.
“Our renewed vigour and strategies have continued to yield tremendous and unprecedented successes in form of arrest of plethora of armed robbery suspects, kidnap suspects, suspected ritualists, rapists as well as leading to recovery of cache of arms and ammunition within the period under review. The modest, commendable achievements as showcased severally by the media have attracted commensurate applause from the public. We must however, not fail to mention and appreciate members of the public particularly our strategic partners who in one way or the other contributed significantly to the success story we are telling today.
In order to consolidate these laudable achievements therefore, the State commissioners of Police have been charged to further curtail activities of hoodlums in their respective States while we provide purposeful, visionary coordination and effective supervision to enable them achieve the lofty objectives of providing safe and secure environment conducive for celebration before, during and after the forthcoming Christmas and Yuletide festivals.
“Personnel deployed to various highways, and other areas to provide visibility policing through stop and search and vehicle patrols have been properly briefed and directed to carry out such important duty diligently, professionally in conformity with the Police Act and Regulations and other extant laws while also respecting the fundamental rights of the citizens.
“Gentlemen of the Press, I have confidence in the Commissioners of Police and I do not in any way doubt their ability to provide adequate security in their respective Areas of Responsibilities. What they do require and urgently too, is the cooperation and collaboration of the public in form of credible information that could nip crimes in the bud and that could lead to arrest of more criminal elements who are still hibernating in various criminal hideouts while planning to execute another despicable, injurious, sinister plans to unleash terror on innocent and law-abiding citizens.
“While wishing the public fruitful celebrations, we want to use this medium to assure them that the police in the Zone will continue to place a premium on their safety and security before, during, or after the festive seasons.
“In case of any security breach, citizens should endevour to call the following emergency numbers of the Control Rooms: Ondo – 07034313903, Osun-08039537995, 08123823981, 08075872433; Oyo – 08081768614, 07055495413 or the Zonal Dedicated line – 09055495413 (for SMS only).