Sequel to various complaints in recent time, the Lagos State Police Command has dismantled illegal roadblocks along the ever-busy international route, Lagos/Badargy Expressway.
The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu said the action was taken to restore sanity and decency to the operations of the police.
In a statement on Saturday, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that the CP has ordered for the immediate dismantling of illegal roadblocks by the police teams from the Lagos State Police Command.
“The Commissioner of Police gave the directive on Friday April, 9, while addressing the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the command on the general security situation in the state and reviewing the anti-crime strategies of the command in order to sustain its feats on crime control and conform with the present happenings in the state.
“The Police boss, while reacting to some complaints from the general public and some security reports on the police activities along the international route, ordered the Area Commanders and DPO whose jurisdictions fall along the Badargy Expressway, that is Area E, Festac and Area K, Marogbo, to withdraw their men from the illegal roadblocks and embark on aggressive motorised patrol and surveillance to police their areas and the route.
“Odumosu confirmed that the illegal police roadblocks along the route have been condemned by the government, international bodies and interest groups and they must be dismantled without delay. He, however, noted that other police operatives from other police formations, outside the supervision of Lagos State Police Command, who operate along the route as well, will be contacted to adjust and do the needful to restore sanity to their operations.
“He then warned the concerned Area Commanders to desist and take necessary action on the full compliance with his order as any defaulter will be sanctioned accordingly”.
It will be recalled that securityreporters.com in its editorial of Monday April 1, frowned at the multiple roadblocks and police extortion on Badagry – Seme road as creating worries.
It is believed that the Police Boss’ genuine intention shall be executed to the letters.