In a reaction to the escalating violence in Zamfara state, the Nigerian Police has launched a new offensive against armed bandits in the state, with the title ‘Operation Puff-Adder’.
According to the presidency, Operation Puff-Adder is aimed at achieving the following:
- Reclaiming every public space under the control of the bandits
- Arresting and bringing to book all perpetrators of violence in the affected areas, and their collaborators
- Achieving total destruction of all criminal camps and hideouts
- Mopping up all illicit weapons fueling the violence and attaining a full restoration of law and order in the affected communities.
“Our commitment to protecting the sanctity of life and property is irrevocable, and we will not scale-down the pressure on the armed bandits until they are totally flushed-out, ” the government vowed.
The Federal government appealed for the cooperation of the local communities, especially the traditional and religious leaders within these communities. Furthermore, government also urged citizens to exercise restraint in circulating unconfirmed information.
According to Wikipedia, Puff-Adder is a venomous viper species found in savannah and grasslands from Morocco and western Arabia throughout Africa except for the Sahara and rain forest regions. It is responsible for causing the most snakebite fatalities in Africa owing to various factors