Abia: Motorists Lament Police Checkpoints, Calls On IG to Set Up Surveillance Team


In total disregard to the order of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar that checkpoints are dismantled across the federation, policemen and officers Policemen of the Federal Highway Patrol and their counterparts from the Eastern Ngwa Divisional command have remained a terror to motorists plying the Ururuka road; along the old Aba – Umuahia highway.

A visit to the road which now serves as the major route to the Abia state capital revealed that the men of there are two teams of the Federal Highway have now resorted to hiding their vehicles at a spot beside a compound at the Osusu village where they stop unsuspecting motorists and direct them to the vehicle to drop ‘roger’.

A cross section of motorists who spoke to 247ureports.com said the practice has been going on for a long time. “This is what they have been doing. Don’t play with the Federal Highway police, you must stop there and drop your ‘roger’ with the officer in the jeep. When the order was given, they just stopped, but they are back to business.”

The motorists alleged that it would be a ‘great risk’ to argue with men of the Federal Highway as they would delay you while the passengers will harass you to comply with them to save their time.

Others lament that the men of the Eastern Ngwa Police Division have made life miserable for road users. “These policemen will stop you and be asking about your vehicle particulars. When they find it to be complete, they will start asking for fire extinguisher and other things which are meant to find you guilty and extort money from you,” a motorist who gave his name as Kenneth alleged.

They called on the IG to set up a surveillance team who will keep watch on those who have continued to defy the order to dismantle checkpoints.



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