Senate Asks Police To Reduce Highway Roadblocks In South-East

Senate Asks Police To Reduce Highway Roadblocks In South-East
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The Senate has called on the police to reduce roadblocks mounted on the highways in the southeastern region in the country.

The lawmakers made the plea during plenary on Thursday at the red chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, the lawmaker representing Abia North, had raised a motion to inform the Senate of an increase in armed roadblocks along major expressways in the region.

He decried that such situation hampers free movement of persons and services on the major roads while the presence of military personnel in the region poses a major concern to the people.

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Senator Victor Umeh also said the presence of roadblocks along the South-East zone must be reduced to ensure people get to their destinations faster.

“Checkpoints are necessary, but the numbers are too high,” the lawmaker noted.

Consequently, the lawmakers urged the police and military to always seek to balance the imperatives of national security in the monitoring of an environment, especially when there are no evident security breaches.

They also direct the Senate Committees on Police and Army to take a tour of the South-East expressways to investigate the matter and report back to the chamber.

Thanking Senator Mao for raising the motion, Senate President Bukola Saraki brought his colleagues’ attention to the death of seven police officers who died on Monday.

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He said as much as the National Assembly pays attention to ordinary citizens that lose their lives, they should do even more for those who die while protecting the lives of Nigerians.

”I would like us to please find out the circumstances around the killings of these seven police officers and how we can also commiserate with their families so that they know that we do care and we do know what they are doing to keep us all safe,” Senator Saraki said.

He also urged the Senate Committee Chairman on Police to look into the incident and report to the lawmakers next week.

Police Warn Transport Unions, Tax Officials Against Mounting Roadblocks

Police Warn Transport Unions, Tax Officials Against Mounting Roadblocks
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Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the removal of all illegal blockage and obstructions on highways and roads mounted by transport unions across the country.

The directive was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Force spokesman, Mr Jimoh Moshood.

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According to the statement, the Special X-Squad teams of the Force has been ordered to embark on the removal of roadblocks “created by unlawful revenue/tax collectors, road transport unions, labour and trade-related unions” inhibiting vehicular movement of passengers and goods across the country.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Taxes and Levies Act, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 Section 2(2) disallowed any person, including a tax authority from mounting a roadblock in any part of the Federation for the purposes of collecting any tax or levy,” the statement said.

Mr Idris asked all personnel of the Nigeria Police Force to monitor and ensure full compliance with the directive in their respective zones and commands.

He advised affected government agencies and unions that it was against the law to create a blockage to restrict or restrain road users from moving freely anywhere in the country.

Similarly, the IGP ordered the immediate dismantling of all roadblocks mounted by the police in any part of the country.

The routes specifically affected are Lagos–Ibadan, Shagamu–Benin, Benin–Onitsha, Okene–Abuja, Kaduna–Kano, Katsina–Kano, Otukpo–Enugu, and Enugu–Port Harcourt expressways.

“No police department, section, squad or unit should mount roadblock without the express permission of the Inspector General of Police,” the statement added.

Again, IGP Orders Removal Of Roadblocks Nationwide

Again, IGP Orders Removal Of Roadblocks, Proper Identification Of Patrol Vans
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Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has again ordered the dismantling of all roadblocks nationwide with immediate effect.

The directive became necessary to enable ease of doing business in Nigeria, as well as safeguard and guarantee free passage of goods and travellers throughout the country.

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The routes specifically affected are Lagos–Ibadan, Shagamu–Benin, Benin–Onitsha, Okene–Abuja, Kaduna–Kano, Katsina–Kano, Otukpo–Enugu, and Enugu–Port Harcourt expressways.

“No police department, section, squad or unit should mount roadblock without the express permission of the Inspector General of Police,” said a statement issued on Monday by the Force spokesman, Mr Jimoh Moshood.

The police boss also warned personnel on patrol against the improper identification of their vehicles, especially those serving along the border routes in the country.

He further asked heads of various zones and commands across the country to ensure the directive was strictly adhered to by personnel in their formation.

“Consequently, Assistant Inspectors General of Police in charge of zonal commands, Commissioners of Police in charge of state commands, heads of departments, must ensure that every patrol vehicle in their respective formation carries a conspicuous and legible inscription of patrol vehicle identification number, and dedicated emergency phone numbers for ease of identification and report of distress by members of the public.

“The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Border patrol of the Force is specifically directed to ensure compliance with this directive along the Border routes in the country except for the few approved points by the Federal Government,” the statement added.

The IGP also orders personnel who involve in vehicular patrol on highways and major roads across the country to wear on their uniforms, a bold name tag and service number.

He informed that the Special X-Squad teams of the Force have been deployed throughout the country to arrest, investigate and discipline any police personnel violating the directives.