Reduce Number of Roadblocks On Highways, Senate Tells Police

The Nigerian Senate has urged the Nigerian Police to quickly take action to reduce the number of heavy roadblocks on the South-Eastern major expressways so as to facilitate the free movement of goods, people and services throughout the region and the Federation.

The Upper Chamber also advised the Nigerian Police and army to always seek to balance the imperatives of national security in the monitoring of an environment especially if there are no evidence of security breaches.

The Senate’s resolutions followed a point of order raised by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa citing Orders 42 and 52 to inform the Senate of an increase in armed roadblocks along major expressways on the South-East roads which according to him, is hampering ease of transport of persons, goods and services.

‎Sen. Ohuabunwa had in the body of motion alleged that the presence of the military personnel in otherwise peaceful environments poses a major problem to the security in the nation.

Supporting the motion, Senator Victor Umeh, a Lawmaker representing Anambra Central added that the presence of the roadblocks along the South-East zone must be reduced to ensure people get to their destinations faster, acknowledging that checkpoints are necessary, but the numbers are too high.

Senate directed the committees on Police and Army to take a tour of the South-East expressways to investigate the matter and report back to the Senate.

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