Just in: IGP orders the removal of all police roadblocks on Nigeria highways


The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate removal of all police roadblocks on the Nigeria highways.

But the police boss related that personnel who involve in vehicular patrol on highways and major roads across the nation must wear their complete uniforms, a bold name tag, and service number.

A statement signed Monday night in Abuja by Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the directives became so essential to enable ease of doing business in Nigeria, safeguard, and guarantee free passage of goods and travellers throughout the country.

The statement reads below;

"The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim k. Idris NPM, mni, has ordered the dismantling of all roadblocks nationwide with immediate effect; particularly on the following routes, Lagos-Ibadan, Shagamu-Benin, Benin-Onitsha, Okene-Abuja, Kaduna-Kano, Katsina – Kano, Otukpo – Enugu, Enugu – Port Harcourt Express Ways.

“The IGP has 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.

“For 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.

“While 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, Labour 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,” the statement noted.

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