Police roadblocks remain banned, says IG Abba

Police roadblocks remain banned, says IG Abba

Sunday, September 21, 2014 3:17 pm

The Inspector-General of Police, Acting IGP Suleiman Abba,said the ban on roadblocks introduced by his predecessor, Muhammed Abubakar in March 2012, remains in force.

Abba restated the ban today in a directive issued to all Commands and Formations of the Force.

Roadblocks have resurfaced in recent times, on our roads, even in Lagos and Abuja, with policemen turning the so-called checkpoints into toll collection points. There were over 3,000 roadblocks countrywide at the time of the 2012 order.

A typical roadblock in Nigeria. Photo by OMG

A typical roadblock in Nigeria. Photo by OMG

But Abba warned today that all semblances of Police road-blocks and permanent check-points reportedly re-emerging in some parts of the country, especially in the South-East, South-South and South-West geo-political zones of Nigeria should immediately be dismantled.

The IGP who described the trend as a serious violation of subsisting order on road-blocks warned that severe sanctions await any Police Commands, Formations and personnel who violate the order.

While charging the Command Commissioners of Police and Heads of Formations to ensure total compliance with this order, the IGP further orders extensive visibility patrol and effective surveillance on our roads.

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