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Friday, 1 May 2015
Ag. IGP Orders Removal of Police Road Blocks Across Nigeria
Ag IGP Solomon Arase
Acting Inspector General of Police,
IGP Solomon Arase, has ordered the immediate dismantling of all police
roadblocks nationwide, describing them as points of corruption and constituting
public nuisance as well as causing police-citizens friction.
He said that the
elimination of all forms of corruption among the personnel would greatly
enhance the force’s image and service delivery.
The Police boss warned that any
police commissioner, Area Commander or Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in whose
area illegal road blocks were detected will “personally or vicariously be held
liable, while strict and swift disciplinary actions would be initiated against
such officers. “While visible policing will be enhanced, I wish to re-emphasise
that police road-blocks remain banned. They are public nuisances, points of
corruption and source of police-citizens’ friction,” he declared. The IGP
warned corrupt- minded members of the public to refrain from corrupting the
police system, vowing to arrest and prosecute such people. Arase gave the order
in Abuja at his maiden conference with senior police officers from the rank of
commissioners of police and above. According to him, the meeting was called to
enable professional interaction between the Police Management Team and field
officers, in order to create a peer review platform that would strengthen the
force’s crime management capability.
He said his administration would
develop a two-way approach in addressing the menace of corruption in the
police. “The first is to develop frameworks and interventions that would
address root causes of corruption. In this regard, official factors like
logistic and welfare challenges that create grounds for corrupt tendencies by
police officers would be vigorously addressed.” Arase explained that the drive
will be clear, coordinated, massive, firm and sustained and will tackle issues
relating to commercialisation of bail process, the nuisance of road blocks,
abuse of police powers, particularly in relation to pre-trial detention. He
pledged to also focus on core values of human rights-driven policing,
intelligence-led investigations, operations and community partnership. Other
areas of focus include case diversion, fast-tracking of trials, restorative
justice, human capacity development and engagement of cutting-edge technology
in police operations. While promising to reopen the Police Intelligence School
in Enugu, which has been closed for over a year now, the police chief said he
would strengthen the “Judges Protection Unit”.
Consequently, he said police
security details attached to civil commissioners and other unauthorised
individuals across the country would be reduced or withdrawn. “The manpower
drawn from this exercise will be committed to rejuvenation of the Judges
Protection Unit,” he added.