The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has directed the commencement of a nationwide `special stop and search’ operation on roads and highways by the police.
Mr Abayomi Shogunle, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, who made this known in a statement issued in Abuja obtained by the Street Journal on Tuesday night, said that the directive was sequel to intelligence report before the I-G.
He said: “Sequel to intelligence report, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has directed the commencement of special stop and search on Roads and Highways nationwide.
“The general public is advised to cooperate with Police operatives, by providing answers to questions that may be asked, as well as allowing their vehicles to be searched.”
According to the statement, the focus of the operation would be on roads in and out of major cities and towns during the operation.
It, therefore, implored citizens to bear with the Police during the operation, which would be a “temporary measure to address the issues contained in the intelligence report.’’
Shogunle, however, explained that the measure was in no way a return of roadblocks in the country.