The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase says the order for the removal of military checkpoints by President Muhammadu Buhari will restore the mandate of internal security to the Nigeria Police Force.
However, he allayed fears by some Nigerians after the withdrawal of the military from checkpoints, assuring them that the spaces vacated by the military will be safe.
“The withdrawal of the military should not create any fear in the minds of Nigerians, we have done it before and we are going to do it again. We have about 555 vehicles on the highway nationwide, each state has about 15 vehicles to man the safer highway, besides that, prior to this time, most of the states had about 20 vehicles each. They are not sufficient but what we have now, we will make do to ensure that we are able to secure the highway space,” Arase said on Tuesday, during a meeting with top police officers from the rank of Commissioners of Police.
“Constitutionally, other security agents have the constitutional responsibility to also complement the efforts of the NPF, asking us to take over the responsibility of the roadblocks which originally was supposed to be our turf, will not create any vacuum.
“Nigerians, I believe, will not want to listen to excuses from us and we have opportunity now to take over our mandate of securing the internal security space,” the IGP said.
He also disclosed that the police management has concluded arrangements on the dress code for the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the police.