The Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ) Delta State Council on Thursday raised the alarm over the return of roadblocks mounted across the State, Particularly in Benin Warri expressway Benin Asaba expressway and Ughelli Asaba expressway by officers of the Nigeria Police force, and Called on the Acting Inspector General of Police ( IGP) Mohammed Abubakar Adams to Clarify if Delta State is exempted from the ban on roadblocks on Nigerian highways.
The Union Chairman and the Secretary, Michael Ikechukwu and Churchill Oyowe respectively in a statement issued and signed, Condemned the trend as urgly wondered if the ban on roadblocks by the inspector General of Police ( IGP) exempted Delta State, Stressing that the Situation Showcases the state as unsafe to visitors and would be investors, adding that the roadblocks portend instrument of extortion and harrassement, adding that the Practice had Subjected Deltans and Motorists Plying roads in the State to untold hardship, Intimidation, Unwarranted delays and sometimes arrest.
Part of the Statement reads:” We are at a crossroad as to whether Delta State is exempted from the ban on roadblocks, We cannot See why the Police Personnel under Delta Command will flagrantly flout the order of the IGP pretending to be Staging nipping Points for routine checks whereas what we see on ground is full blown roadblocks, disrupting Smooth Flow of traffic, Intimidation, extortion and unwarranted arrests” adding that a Journey from Warri to Agbor alone has over ten roadblocks, from Koko Junction to Effurun roundabout there are over eight roadblocks.
The Union further stated ” It’s worrisome to say that Police in Delta State now Carry lower denominations of our Currency to Make Change handy at Checkpoints to facilitate the illegal acts and any attempt by Motorists to disobey Parting with Stipulated amount, Usually attracts Intimidation, harassment especially among Journalists, undue delay and Possible arrest, this act also takes Place in the Capital City of Asaba where the Police headquarters is Situated.
The Union therefore called on the Commissioner of Police in the State to Put his officers on Patrol in Check before the trend Snowballs into a Crisis Situation .
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