Checkpoints still operational in Aba in spite of IGP

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar

Police checkpoints still operate in Aba, Abia, in spite of the order by the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to dismantle them.

Following widespread cases of corruption at the checkpoints, Mr. Abubakar directed the dismantling of all intra-state and highway road blocks nationwide.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who went round the city on Tuesday to monitor compliance with the order, reports that the checkpoints still operated on Aba-Owerri road as well as Aba-Port Harcourt road.
But Geoffrey Ogbonna, the Police Public Relations Officer in Abia, told NAN that the directive had come to stay.
Although he declined to comment on the checkpoints still in place in Aba, Mr. Ogbonna directed the people of the area to contact the police whenever there was an unusual situation.
For Peter Okam, a resident, it would be difficult for the police in the commercial city to obey the directive unless there was strict enforcement.
Mr. Okam said the city was a goldmine of sorts for the security operatives, adding, however, that the coming of a new Area Commander,  Rabiu Dayi, to the city had helped to reduce the extortion.
On her part, Happiness Ezechi said the dismantling of police checkpoints could bring back crime in the city.
She said the checkpoints had helped to reduce armed robbery and kidnapping, which bedeviled the city and environs in 2010 and earlier. 


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