Efforts of the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar to rid the police force of corruption may not be yielding desired results as investigations carried out by Street Journal revealed that police road blocks are gradually finding their way back to Nigerian highways.
Abubakar who gave stern warnings to his men on the removal of road blocks to facilitate human relations as part of urban policing after his confirmation as the Inspector General of Police was praised by the public for the idea which investigations revealed did not go down well among the rank and file of the Nigerian Police.
Junior ranking police officers are believed to be the worst hit by the Inspector General’s orders as some of them have complained that senior officers make money from the political class with no one querying them. “Why dem wan stop where we dey make our little change?,” an officer asked.
The IG’s first step to enforce the law was to set up a task force to arrest officers caught in the act and he got praises from the public who believed the move had gone a long way to prevent the killing of drivers by trigger-happy policemen when they didn’t want to comply with the extortion from the officers which was already becoming a usual occurrence.
Street Journal’s investigation confirmed that the policemen now use the cover of the night to carry out their “toll collection” activities.
Street Journal reporters counted not less than three police road blocks on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway on Sunday, September 15..
The roadblocks which reminded travellers of the old time when it was a usual sight to part with money at every checkpoints set by the police were mounted at strategic locations on the 120 km road. .