BEVERLY HILLS, December 23, (THEWILL) – The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris has ordered the immediate commencement of stop-and-search operations during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
A statement by the Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood in Abuja, also revealed that Idris directed all State Police Commands across the country to beef up security at flashpoints, black spots and vulnerable points on major roads and highways across the country.
He however warned that the operation should not be located at areas susceptible to Traffic gridlock or vehicular hold-ups in order to ensure the free flow of traffic and ease movement of travellers to ensure a hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebration.
Moshood said that Idris further directed all Commissioners of Police to supervise Police Personnel Deployed to these stop and search points to make sure that they are not turned to roadblocks.
He said that all personnel of the force deployed for the Stop-and-Search operations were under strict instructions to be polite and civil in carrying out their duties.
“In order to ensure free flow of traffic and ease movement of travellers, the stop and search point will not be located at areas susceptible to traffic gridlock or vehicular hold-ups,” the statement read.
“The Police teams on traffic control and observation patrols have been deployed to such points and sections to manage traffic and carryout Police observation duties.
“IGP further directs that all Commissioners of Police must supervise the Police personnel deployed to these stop and search points to make sure that they are not turned to roadblock, as the total ban on all forms of road blocks is still in force.
“The Police Federal Highway Patrol Teams, Safer Highway and Divisional Patrol Teams and other Police Special Squads deployed for the Stop-and-Search operations are under strict instructions to be polite, civil but firm in ensuring security and safety of travellers and other road users on all the highways and major roads across the nation.”