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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Inspector General Of Police Orders Immediate Dismantling Of All Roadblocks Nationwide

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has ordered the dismantling of all roadblocks nationwide with immediate effect. The IGP emphasized particularly on the following routes, Lagos-Ibadan, Shagamu-Benin, Benin-Onitsha, Okene-Abuja, Kaduna-Kano, Katsina – Kano, Otukpo – Enugu, Enugu – Port Harcourt Express Ways.


The directives became necessary to enable ease of doing business in Nigeria, safeguard, and guarantee free passage of goods and travellers throughout the country.

To this end, the IGP said no Police department, section, squad or unit should mount road block without express permission of the Inspector General of Police.

Consequently, the IGP said Assistant Inspectors General of Police in charge of Zonal Commands, Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands, Heads of Departments, must ensure that every patrol vehicle in their respective formation carried a conspicuous and legible inscription of Patrol vehicle identification number, and dedicated emergency Phone numbers for ease of identification and report of distress by members of the public.

“The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Border patrol of the Force is specifically directed to ensure compliance with this directive along the Border routes in the country except the few approved points by the Federal Government.

“Furthermore, Police personnel who involve in vehicular patrol on highways and major roads across the country must wear on their uniforms a bold name tag and service number.

The IGP also directed the Special X-Squads to embark on removal of other forms of illegal blockage and obstructions on highways and roads, created by unlawful revenue/tax collectors, road transport unions, labour and trade related unions inhibiting vehicular movement and smooth passage of passengers and goods, and other road users across the country.

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