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Road blocks continues, Abuja Police Command defies IGP

Discussion in 'Nigeria News, Politics' started by Admin, Sep 29, 2017.

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    Law enforcement in Abuja say they are going to continue to barricade roads across the Federal Capital Territory, citing soaring criminal activities.

    Anjuguri Manzah, spokesperson for the FCT command, said officers had been ordered to "embark on vigorous stop and search along the highways," as part of police's response to rising cases of criminality in Abuja and its environs.

    The statement appeared to counter the order of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for immediate demolition of all roadblocks all over the country.

    “IGP Ibrahim Idris has ordered the dismantling of all roadblocks nationwide with immediate effect; particularly on the following routes, Lagos-Ibadan, Shagamu-Benin, Benin-Onitsha, Okene-Abuja, Kaduna-Kano, Katsina – Kano, Otukpo – Enugu, Enugu – Port Harcourt Express Ways. The directives became necessary to enable ease of doing business in Nigeria, safeguard, and guarantee free passage of goods and travellers throughout the country.

    “To this end, no police department, section, squad or unit should mount roadblock without the express permission of the Inspector General of Police,” police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement late Monday.

    In his statement yesterday, Mr. Manzah said the FCT command was “poised to take necessary action to stem the tide” of car theft and other activities of petty criminals.

    He didn't say whether the command had been exempted from the IGP's most recent order to formations across the country.

    Mounting road-blocks has been a topic of immense controversy for decades, with many rights activists describing it as illegal and a means of extortion.

    Almost all Inspectors-General of Police in the past 20 years had ordered the removal of roadblocks, yet the practice failed to take hold.

    Mr. Manzah gave several tips to vehicle owners across the federal capital, including parking their automobiles at safe places and ensuring they truly are properly locked with immobilisers if equipped with such measures.

    Source: http://aderonkebamidele.com/road-blocks-continues-abuja-police-command-defies-igp/
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