The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Tuesday directed the police to commence immediate patrol of all Federal Highways in the country.
Mr. Abubakar, gave the order in Abuja during his monthly meeting with Commissioners of Police and other senior police officers.
The IG explained that the measure was to guarantee the safety of road users, who had expressed concern about the absence of visible police presence on the highways since the dismantling of police road blocks nationwide.
“Therefore, all commands shall, with immediate effect, commence robust motorised patrols of Federal Highways within their jurisdictions to ensure safety and easy passage of road users.”
He also announced that another outfit, “Rapid Response Structure’’, would soon be introduced to complement the patrols to further keep the highways safe from armed robbers.
“Nigerians travelling on our highways must have confidence of their safety with visible police patrols.”
Mr. Abubakar announced the setting up of another department, known as the “G’’ Department, to deal with technological aspect of security challenges in the country.
He noted that the removal of road blocks, the de-congestion of police cells and the fight against corruption within the force, were yielding the desired results.
“Today, story of toll collection, harassment of citizens on highways and other gory tales earlier associated with police road blocks, no longer confront us.
“The road blocks have disappeared and I intend that the situation remains so.”
The IG also said the number of armed robberies had declined since he assumed office, and commended commissioners of police in the states for taking proactive steps to rid their commands of criminals.
On the habit of public parade of suspects, Mr. Abubakar restated that it was against the law and pledged that the police would henceforth confine itself to the rule of law.
“We must confine ourselves to the rule of law. No more public trial.
“I charge you to sustain the ongoing `Operation Response Hope’, enthrone discipline within the force and do everything possible to project the force in good light.”