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Motorists Hail Removal Of Checkpoints From Lagos Roads

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 12:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Motorists in Lagos on Tuesday expressed relief as police checkpoints and roadblocks were gradually taken off the roads.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), some of the motorists expressed joy, as they claimed to be free from unnecessary traffic gridlocks and extortion by policemen.

A commercial bus driver, Tunde Alaba, told NAN that he was happy that the checkpoints were no longer on the road.

“Thank God the checkpoints are reducing, we will now be able to save more money to earn a living,” he said.

Another commercial bus driver, Sadiq Adekunle, said he was happy over the withdrawal of police checkpoints but complained about a few that still existed.

“It is a good thing that the police checkpoints are being withdrawn but some policemen still put up their roadblocks in some inner parts of Lagos,” he said.

An engineer, Deji Adeleke, added that banning checkpoints was a good development from the police as they had realised that they were causing Lagosians more pain than good.

“The ban on checkpoints is a good development. I guess the police have now realised that it’s the policemen at the checkpoints that paint a bad image of the force,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), however, observed that police checkpoints have disappeared in some parts of Lagos but were still mounted at nights in some areas.

At Oshodi, opposite the Nigerian Army Shopping Complex, Arena, at the junction that leads to Oshodi Local Government Secretariat, some policemen take at advantage of the traffic to extort motorists.

This sometimes leads to gridlock as some motorists argue with the policemen about whose responsibility it is to check vehicle papers.

However, some experts have argued that the police needed not to set up checkpoints or roadblocks to check crime in the state.

Mr Jide Oluwole, a security consultant, said that the world had gone beyond setting up roadblocks all over the state to check crime.

“Since it’s certain we can’t be everywhere at the same time, with the use of technology the crime rate in the state can be minimised,’’ he said.

Mr Mike Olutayo, Head Operations at Identity Securities, said that Close Circuit Television (CCTV) could be installed to monitor crime all the state.

He added that if those already installed covered Lagos, it could be put to use with a functional database and the police needed not mount roadblocks to secure the state.

But some Lagosians are worried about the disappearance of police checkpoints claiming that hoodlums may capitalise on the situation to perpetrate their evil acts.