The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered immediate dismantling of all road blocks across the country, particularly those erected along the Lagos-Ibadan, Shagamu-Benin and Benin-Onitsha roads. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Jimoh Moshood who issued the directive on Monday on behalf of the IGP listed other roads to include Okene-Abuja, Kaduna-Kano, Katsina – Kano, Otukpo – Enugu, Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressways.
He stated that the order was intended to encourage the ease of doing business in the country, safeguard and guarantee free passage of goods and humans across the country. He added that the directive was a follow-up to the recent Presidential directive signed by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. The PPRO stressed that the directive applies to security operatives and tax officials among others.
“For avoidance of doubt, the Taxes and Levies act, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 section 2 (2) disallowed any person, including a Tax Authority from mounting a Road block in any part of the Federation for the purposes of collecting any Tax or Levy"
“To this end, no police department, section, squad or unit should mount road block without express permission of the Inspector-General of Police. Furthermore, police personnel involved in vehicular patrol on highways and major roads across the country must wear their uniforms with a bold name tag and service number.
“The Special X-Squad teams of the Force have been deployed throughout the country, they are under strict instructions to arrest, investigate and discipline any police personnel violating this directive” he added