Police IG, Suleiman Abba, orders dismantling of all police roadblocks nationwide

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The order banning the setting up of Police roadblocks nationwide is still strictly in force, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has said.

In a statement Sunday, Force Spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the police boss has sent a directive to all commands and formations of the Force nationwide asking them to immediately dismantle “all semblances of Police roadblocks and permanent checkpoints reportedly re-emerging in some parts of the country, especially in the South-East, South-South and South-West geo-political zones of Nigeria”.

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Police road block

Mr. Ojukwu further quoted Mr. Abba as describing the reemergence of roadblocks as a serious violation of subsisting order on the matter and threatened severe sanctions on any police commands, formations and personnel who violate the order.

While charging the state Commissioners of Police and Heads of Formations to ensure total compliance with the order, the IGP further ordered extensive visibility patrol and effective surveillance on Nigerian roads.

Meanwhile, as Nigeria joins the rest of the world in marking World Peace Day on September 21, 2014, the Nigeria Police Force has restated its resolve to work assiduously for the enthronement of genuine peace in the nation.

“As peace officers and frontliners in the drive for a peaceful world, the Nigeria Police understands the dislocation and trauma that happen to families, homes, cities and businesses in the event of disturbances,” the Force said in a statement.

The statement added, “In line with the above, the Nigeria Police will train more officers on conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation. Our Family Units and Juvenile Welfare Centres will be reinvigorated to cater for the needs of hurting family members, widows, orphans, displaced persons and the vulnerable. The Police will pay more diligent attention to early warning signs and improve response time to crises and distress calls.

“The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba urges all citizens to embrace peace at all times, and to assist law enforcement agents in the preservation and maintenance of peace nationwide.”


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  • Useless policemen on Benin sagamu expressway hope u all got d message.

  • Otile

    The question is are they now going to pay the cops enough so that they wouldn’t resort to receiving N20 donations on the road?

    • Magee Okereke

      The problem is not that cops are not getting paid enough it’s just the fact that Police have the power and feel like the can use it to there advantage.

      • Otile

        Magee you are very beautiful. Thank God for you.

    • solozo

      ARE YOU PAID ENOUGH? DO YOU RESORT TO EXTORTING MONEY FROM OTHER ORDINARY POOR OR EVEN POORER NIGERIANS? Please let us stop trying to justify nonsense and criminality. Did anyone force anybody to join the Police? If they think the job does not pay well, they are most welcome to leave.

      • Otile

        You see, as Magee points out the cops feel they have the power to do what they are doing. They got powerful guns in their hands, and it is said that power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    As usual the order will be obeyed for one month; after that it will become again, ‘business as usual’. Did previous IGPs not give the same order? Was it obeyed? What the present IGP is doing is just a replay of the expression, ‘new brooms sweep the cleanest’. Let’s see what will happen a month now.

  • faith

    Is it a crime for the govt to sign it into law for this Police not to be mantling road block again, cos they are the CURSE of the crime we are experiencing today.

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