The Inspector General of Police(IGP), Ibrahim Idris , has ordered the immediate dismantling of all roadblocks nationwide.
Idris particularly, emphasised the dismantling of road blocks mounted on the Lagos-Ibadan, Shagamu-Benin, Benin-Onitsha, Okene-Abuja, Kaduna-Kano, Katsina – Kano, Otukpo – Enugu, Enugu and Port Harcourt Express Ways.
In a press release issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood in Abuja, the IGP said the directives became necessary to ease business operations in Nigeria, safeguard and guarantee free passage of goods and travellers throughout the country.
Idris said no police department, section, squad or unit should mount road block without express permission of the Inspector General of Police.
He said, consequently, 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 carries 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.
He said 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, he said 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.
He said the Special X-Squad teams of the Force have been deployed throughout the country, they are under strict instructions to arrest, investigate and discipline any Police personnel violating this directive.
“The IGP has 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”, he said.