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Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Police IG orders illegal roadblocks off all Nigerian roads
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has ordered
the dismantling of all roadblocks nationwide with immediate effect.
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.
directives became necessary to enable ease of doing business in Nigeria,
safeguard, and guarantee free passage of goods and travellers throughout the
end, the IGP said no Police department, section, squad or unit should mount
road block without express permission of the Inspector General of Police.
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.
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
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
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,” he said.
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.
avoidance of doubt, the Taxes and Levies act, Laws of Federation of Nigeria
2004 section 2 (2) disallowed any person, including a tax authority from mounting
a road block in any part of the federation for the purposes of collecting any
Tax or Levy.
monitoring and ensuring full compliance of this directive by all the personnel
of the Nigeria Police Force, the Force hereby advised the relevant State
Governments, Local Government Councils, Boards of States Internal Revenue
service, and various transport unions, iabour and traders associations that it
is against the law for any organization to create a blockage to restrict or
restrain members of the public the free usage of roads and highways anywhere in
the country,” he said.