OWERRI — Imo State Police Command has warned residents of the state against what it described as “neighbourhood criminals” now on the prowl.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Musa Katsina, gave the warning in Owerri, while speaking on the activities of his command.

Katsina said: “It is important to warn residents of ImoState to be very mindful of people around them, especially during these ember months and the new year.”

The Imo police boss, who used the occasion to parade some suspected robbers, kidnappers and car snatchers, as well as items recovered from the hoodlums, also urged the people to be mindful of the persons around them.

He said the success recorded by the command was made possible through the instrumentality of the operation code named “Operation Puff Adder.”

He said: “Puff adder was instituted by the state police command to check the menace of the rampaging hoodlums, especially during the forthcoming Christmas and new year celebrations.”

In an interview, some of the suspects admitted their guilt but quickly added that they were lured into the acts by their friends, some of who they claimed ran away and abandoned them to their fate.

Also speaking to Vanguard, one of the kidnap victims  narrated his ordeal in the hands of his captors.

He said: “These people are heartless. They have no respect for human life but the truth is that they do no live in the moon. People know who they are and ought to report them to the security agencies, if our state would be made safe for all.”

Some of the items recovered from the hoodlums includes AK 47 rifles, pump action rifles, substance suspected to be Indian hemp and N1 million cash.


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