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Police boss orders dismantling of Illegal checkpoints

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The acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has ordered the dismantling of all illegal Police checkpoints in the country.

Egbetokun issued the directive during a meeting with the force high-ranking officers, berating the level of nuisance displayed operatives at the illegal checkpoints on the nation’s expressways.

He therefore mandated Commissioners of police in the 36 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to carry out instruction without further delay.

The IGP also directed Commissioners of Police who have yet to constitute the Complaints Response Units (CRU) within three-week to do so in their command headquarters in order to advance the fight against corruption.

He said: “We are aware of the challenge posed by the continued presence of unauthorized persons on the various highways around the country, in the guise of revenue collection, who constantly constitute nuisance on the highways by obstructing the flow of traffic, and engaging in mischievous activities, such as the seizure of vehicles, collection of fines and other unlawful activities.”

The IGP added that, “To bolster accountability and transparency within the force, we have taken steps, such as reinforcing the IGP monitoring unit and the complaint response unit, CRU, based at the Force Headquarters, and efforts are ongoing to establish CRU offices in all states.

“Directive have earlier been given to all state commissioners of police to establish CRU offices in their respective state command headquarters, as part of our commitment to combatting corruption and improve professionalism in the Nigeria Police Force.

“Those command commissioners of police who are yet to comply are, hereby, given a deadline of three weeks from today to do so.”

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