Remove Police Checkpoints - Senator Urges IGP
By Dipo Omoware
Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in Anambra Mrs Uche Ekwunife has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to look into the issue of needless checkpoints mounted by policemen on highways in the Southeast region.
The Senator lamented that these checkpoints “have not really averted the rate of crime” in the localities where there are situated and only contribute to the hardship of citizens.
“The hardship these checkpoints are causing Nigerians is immeasurable; apart from collapsing businesses, it is also obstructing our movement, many a times there are so many causalities through careless shooting by policemen,” she said.
The senator is not the only person calling on the IG of Police to look into this matter. Executive Director, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, Okechukwu Nwanguma agrees that these checkpoints have caused untold suffering and must be addressed.
“With the increasing cases and reports of harassment and extortion of citizens travelling to the East during this Christmas season, RULAC hereby calls on the inspector general of police to put in place appropriate mechanisms to protect citizens and to monitor police officers on patrol along major highways with a view to apprehending those who have decided started to abuse their power by turning the instruments of authority to instruments of harassment, intimidation and extortion of helpless citizens.”
Some motorist who spoke anonymously narrated their ugly experiences to Nigeria Info’s Kenechukwu Ofomah who travelled along the road recently.
Additional report by Kenechukwu Ofomah.