The Senate Thursday appealed to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, to urgently reduce the number of checkpoints on federal highways in the country.
It stated that the plea had become necessary to reduce the gridlock on the roads ahead of the Yuletide celebration. The upper chamber also urged Adamu to direct officers of the Police Force to eschew all forms of extortion on motorists as alleged, while carrying out stop and search to establish validity of vehicle particulars.
The resolutions were sequel to the adoption of a motion titled “National Security versus Disproportionate Road Checkpoints on Federal highways in the country”, moved by Senator Chukwuka Utazi, who said the National Security architecture of Nigeria had been stretched beyond its elastic limits.
According to him, acts of criminalities have put untold pressure on the country’s national security architecture, necessitating and compelling security agencies to confront security breaches headlong. Utazi noted that as a consequence, the imposition of road checkpoints on almost all federal highways in all geo-political zones of Nigeria.
He stated that while road blocks are necessary to curb criminal activities, its abuse for unintended purpose is reprehensible.
According to him, the Senate “will not renege in our responsibilities when the masses of this country complain that government police meant to protect them has been turned into an oppressive conduct by those concerned and which the IGP and people of his ilk may not be aware.”