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Order On Removal Of Police Roadblocks Still In Enforce – IGP

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 7:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Onoja Audu  –  Jos


Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, on Thursday warned in Jos, the Plateau state capital  that  the order on the removal of police roadblocks from the highways still remain effective.

The IGP said this during his maiden familiarization visit to the Plateau command of the force since he assumed office.

He explained that the force decision to expunge roadblocks from the highway was part of its vision in curbing corruption among its officers and men.

“I have not viewed police roadblocks as a means of promoting effective visibility policing; rather it is an avenue for the promotion of corruption and extortion among our officers and men.”

“This, over time, has made the public to view the police force as ground for breeding corrupt minds, and I think with that our image is being dented and drag to the mud.”

“So, let me make it clear again, any officer caught in any roadblock will be severely sanctioned,’’ he said.

Arase, however, said there would be “stop and search’’ once in a while on the highways, but it must be premised on concrete intelligent information.

The IGP admonished officers and men to desist from corruption and extortion of the members of the public, as anyone caught would face the full wrath of the law.

He said under his watch as police boss, all officers and men would be accorded a better life in terms of welfare, as that would go a long way to ameliorate incidences of corruption within the force.

“I am IGP today because you are here for me to inspect, hence, there will be no me without you; so, I am passionate about your welfare.”

“I will ensure all officers who are due for promotion are promoted accordingly and constant training and retraining on the realities of the present global policing will be adopted.”

“We shall deemphasize on drilling during officer’s training and shift to basic technological knowledge based training so as to be in tandem with the present dimensions which crime and terrorism have taken,’’ he promised.

He however charged the officers to be good ambassadors of the force at all times, by obeying traffic rules, desist from blowing sirens indiscriminately and ensure good relationship with members of the public.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Police Commissioner in Plateau, Mr. Nasiru Oki commended the IGP for his transformational method of leadership.

According to him ‘’ since you assumed office recently, the rank and file in the force have been full of smiles, an indication that the force is having better days ahead’’.

Oki thanked the IGP for the visit and interacting with officers and had also saw things for himself in the state command.