The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, on Saturday said that he had ordered the dismantling of all police road blocks across the country because it creates social friction between the police and the public.
The I-G stated this at Sabon-Gida Ora in Owan West Local Government, Edo State, shortly after a ceremony organised in his honour by the Ora-ekpen Development Association (ODA) where he and his wife, Agharese, were conferred with traditional titles.
Arase also said that the decision was taken in realization that the mounting of road blocks was not a crime prevention strategy solution.
He said: “The roadblock was not a panacea or crime prevention strategy. It is an avenue that creates social friction between us and members of the public.’’
According to him the directive on the dismantling of road blocks has not been effective, and the force would continue to dismantle them.
The I-G also promised that the Police under him would continue its crackdown on cultism and other forms of criminality in order to ensure and maintain peace and security in the country.
“I have dealt with it in Edo State; I have dealt with it in Kogi State; I have dealt with it in Ekiti State and I will continue to deal with them (cultists) wherever they rear their heads.
“But let me just say this, there is no society that is crime-free, but you can make it tolerable; that is exactly what we intend to do,’’ Arase said.
The police boss noted that though no society could be totally rid of crime, the results from the crack squad had shown that the country could be made safe.
The I-G disclosed that plans were underway for the implementation of police reforms, including human rights issues and intelligence policing.
He promised to continue to portray the values of honesty, discipline and hard work which he learnt from his community.
The occasion was attended by Edo State Governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole and many other dignitaries.