The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Wednesday, in Abuja, inaugurated 40 “Light Armoured” patrol vehicles for highways across the country.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. Abubakar gave the assurance that more of such vehicles would be acquired and deployed to fight crime on highways.
The police boss directed commissioners of police in charge of the states to supervise the usage of the vehicles to ensure that they are used for the purpose they have been provided for.
He urged highway patrol personnel to shun corruption and unethical conducts, and to ensure that they use firearms strictly in accordance with police rules of engagement.
“This administration will not tolerate any act of disrespect by police officers to any citizen of this country,” Mr. Abubakar said. “Anybody found wanting in the act of bribery and corruption, no matter how little, will be sanctioned.”
The police boss ordered all police officers to “accord maximum respect to the fundamental rights of citizens at all times.”
Mr. Abubakar acknowledged the challenges faced by the police in handling the current security situation in the country, and commended them for their commitment and professionalism. He also commended state governments that had donated crime fighting equipment to the police and called for more public support to enable the police perform effectively.
A breakdown of the distribution of some of the patrol vehicles to the highways are as follows: Lagos-Ibadan-Ilesha (Centre-Ibadan) has three; Lagos-Ore-Benin (Centre Ore) has two; Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria (Centre Kaduna) has three; Gusau-Sokoto (Centre Gusau) has three; and Onitsha-Owerri (Centre Onitsha) has two.
Damaturu and Suleja towns have one each, while Port Harcourt-Aba-Enugu (Centre Aba) has two.