Communal clash: Police launch ‘Operation Puff Adder’ in Ebonyi

AIG Musa Kimo launching the Operation PUFF ADDER

By Oginyi Ruth

The police has launched operation PUFF ADDER to help curb inter and intra communal crises in some parts of Ebonyi State.

Inaugurating the operation at the police headquarters in Abakiliki, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6 Calaber, Mr. Musa Kimo, called for the support and understanding of stakeholders  in the state to help police restore peace to the troubled areas.

Kimo said stakeholders’ support was necessary because the operation, by the way it’s design, depends on the people in various communities to achieve its objective as their corporation would including giving police adequate information that would lead to tracking and prosecuting perpetrators of evil acts in the state.

The AIG decried the recent killings in Ikwo Local Government by hoodlums form Izzi local government area, and warned the two warring communities of Alike-Ikwo, ikwo local government and and Enyigba Izzi in Abakaliki local government areas to sheath their sword.

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He said the operation was a resonance of intelligence driven policy and community intelligence strategy for the purpose of crime control, adding that the operation will help police to identify and arrest criminals in the state.

The command CP, Awoshola Awotunde, urged Ebonyi communities to stop mounting arms to fight themselves and urged them to learn how to dialogue when issues arise and not to kill each other.

A Stakeholder, Apostle Emma Mbam from Alike-Ikwo one of the warring communities, said the problem with control of the crisis was as a result of the nonchalant attitude of stakeholders from the area.

Mbam said that stakeholders should seat up because it is not the miscreants that buy gun rather it is the stakeholders that buy the gun for them to go and kill.

Meanwhile, The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Odah Loveth, used the event to parade suspected kidnappers and arms recovered from hoodlums and gun manufacturers in the state.

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