Road blocks dismantling reduced corruption in police by 80% – IG

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Policemen in checkpoint

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, said the dismantling of roadblocks had reduced corruption in the Force by 80 per cent.

Abubakar, who made this known when he presented the Nigerian Police Force Scorecard in Asaba on Saturday, said the force had dismissed thousands of its officers in the past one year for corruption-related issues.

According to him, corruption thrives in the country because the people want to cut corners and are disparate.

He said obeying the law helps to reduce bribery and corruption, adding that the force was making efforts to transforming the Nigerian Police for the better.

The inspector general of police called for partnership with other agencies and the general public, while condemning those who applaud criminals for committing crime.

“The essence of roadblocks is for a temporary arrest of crime and as soon as this is done it is dismantled, this is the situation in other countries of the world.

“Removing roadblocks in Nigeria has reduced corruption in the police by 80 per cent.  The police is a member of our society, therefore, we need the people’s support for the police to succeed in the task of crime fighting,’’ he said.

The IGP said the police was partnering with sister agencies to achieve the organisational goal of providing security for Nigerians.

He said the police had purchased no fewer than 2000 vehicles and some helicopters for crime fighting, adding that arrangement was on to procure at least two helicopters for each of the six geopolitical zones to help police fight crimes.

Abubakar said the partnership was yielding result, adding that despite the challenges of Boko Haram in the North, kidnapping, armed robbery and other related-crime had reduced.

He commended the officers and men for providing adequate security during elections in Ekiti, Edo and Anambra.

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