The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested thirty-nine suspected kidnappers, armed robbers, cultists and political thugs.
The command said it recovered exhibits including 39 wraps of Indian hemp, five dane guns, nine cutlasses, 1 sharp knife, axes, and three motorcycles from the suspects.
Ali Janga, the state commissioner of police, who paraded the suspects while inaugurating a special operation code-named “Operation Puff Adder” on Thursday at the Police Headquarters in Bauchi, said the arrest and recovery of the arms was as a result of the operation.
Janga disclosed that the inauguration of the special squad was in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, saying the operation would be placed directly under his supervision.
According to him, the operation comprises of the Conventional Police, Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorist Unit, Special Protection Unit, Anti-Kidnapping Unit, State Intelligence Bureau and the State Criminal Investigation Department.
“The aim of the operation is to tackle crimes affecting the state such as Sara Suka, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Cultism and activities of Babeli groups among other crimes.
“It is to also prevent the influx of criminal elements to the state considering the ongoing security operations in the neighbouring states as Bauchi State has borders with seven states of Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba, Gombe, Yobe, Jigawa, and Kano,” he stated.