Why Police checkpoints were dismantled — Commissioner of Police [CP] explains

Why Police checkpoints were dismantled — Commissioner of Police [CP] explains

The Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Oqua Etim, has clarified why checkpoints were removed from different parts of the state.

The CP, who disclosed this when the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Planning Ali Janga, visited the command’s headquarters recently, said the checkpoints were removed to curb the impression that they had become toll gates where motorists are extorted by corrupt cops.

Etim, while describing the checkpoints as “national embarrassments”, said they would however be operational from 12am to 6am.

He stressed that it would be double jeopardy to have trailer drivers who complain of extortion revolt under the current challenges that the country, state were grappling with.

“Most of you don’t go out in the night; a few days back, we averted what would have been a very serious national embarrassment. These are not matters we enjoy talking about in public and when we make mistakes, we correct them.

“We have instructions that those laws should commence at midnight because we have unscrupulous people who will never listen to what we say,” the CP said.

Speaking further, the Commissioner of Police disclosed that the abolition of the checkpoints was in furtherance to complaints of the residents.

He noted that though some communities had said that the timing for the checkpoints’ removal was wrong, the Area Commanders had been charged with the task of patrolling the towns to avert attacks.

He added, “I have received complaints from some communities that the checkpoints were removed so that they would be attacked. The checkpoints were not removed from a particular community but all over the state.

“If you are coming from Lawanti, you will see military and police checkpoints. I then asked of what use is the police checkpoint that it should be removed so that we can have patrols? I have asked Area Commanders to increase in and out of town patrols. So, there is no threat to the electoral process.”

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