The ban on road blocks across the country is still in force, the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has said.
The Acting IGP pointed out that the ban on road block was not from the police leadership, but a directive from the Federal Government that must be enforced.
He also debunked reports in the media that about 30 senior police officers from the rank of AIG and above, would be retired from the Police Force.
According to the reports, a letter written by the police chief to the Presidency through the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, has been approved and is just awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent.
Mr. Idris, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, described the report as mere speculation.
The Acting IGP spoke in Abuja during his maiden meeting with senior officers of the Force.
Matters that were discussed at the meeting include – declaration of assets, withdrawal of Police Mobile Force, (PMF) personnel, restructuring of Special Anti- Robbery Squad, Counter Terrorism Unit, formation of eminent persons forum in each state command and establishment of joint operations centre in each state command.
Others were – discipline, need to observe chain of command, turnout of personnel, welfare, sustenance of order banning roadblocks, IGPs collaboration with military and other security agencies to ensure safe return of IDPs to their communities and strengthening of security at IDP camps.
Speaking on the ban of road blocks, Idris said: “I want to say that road blocks remain banned and it is not even a police policy, it is a directive from the federal government and we must abide by it.
“We are going to reinforce the X-Squad and they will check corruption within the police and at various levels in the civil servants. We are going to set them up at commands and they will be used to check the illegal road blocks and I can assure you that they are going to be effective”.