The Federal Government on Monday said it would strengthen the Operation Puff Adder and Safer Highway in the South – West in addition to deployment of new fleet of patrol vehicles in the zone .
The Inspector – General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , who said this in Ibadan , Oyo State, at the South – West geopolitical zone security summit at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan , added that no fewer than 2 , 015 armed robbers and 1 , 154 kidnappers had been arrested this year.
Adamu said the police had used the Operation Puff Adder to stabilise security , adding , “ We are moving to the next phase . ”
He said , “ We are launching the community policing strategy and are expanding and strengthening the Operation Puff Adder with other complimentary strategies. ”
At the end of the summit, which lasted about five hours , the IG gave approval to deploy special forces in the six states of the South – West to be under a Commissioner of Police .
It was agreed that the Oodua Peoples Congress , traditional rulers and the governors of the zone would partner the police .
Another resolution at the summit was that community police officers would be recruited within the communities and committee of policemen, OPC , Miyetti Allah would be set up in each state , while the CCTV would be deployed in the states .
The IGP had earlier in his speech said 1 , 183 suspected cultists had been arrested in the country from