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Dismantling Of Checkpoints: Police Boost Surveillance With More Patrol Vans

Posted: Jun 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja


Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s order that all military checkpoints should be dismantled across the country, the Nigeria Police Force is set to deploy 158 vehicles to patrol Nigerian roads, to replace the checkpoints and ensure security of Nigerians.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, disclosed this while responding to questions from journalists after he declared open a meeting on “Improving Police Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Gender Mainstreaming,” in Abuja, Tuesday.

On Monday, the  Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Aliyu Ismaila, after a meeting with the President and service chiefs, disclosed that: “The President has instructed the Chief of Defence Staff to get the Chief of Army Staff and Inspector-General of Police to remove all the military men along the roads across the country.”

Arase stated that the police were prepared to take over and man the checkpoints that would be vacated by the military as a result of the presidential order.

He said: “But that does not mean that we are not still going to have some collaboration with the military.

“Constitutionally, they are supposed to assist us whenever we have issues where we require their assistance; we still need to synergise with them.”

The IGP also said that his team was working on modalities to organise a forum where it would seek the assistance of those he called non-state actors, to get their input in the provision of security to all Nigerians.

He emphasised that the forum was necessary, because: “Police alone cannot provide security. No police in the world have complete dominance of the security space; security is everybody’s business.”