- The Senate is indeed worried about the ordeals faced by motorists along the Lagos-Onitsha road
- In an effort to help motorists, the Senate has directed IGP Ibrahim Adamu to reduce the number of checkpoints along the road
- The motion was sponsored by Chukwuka Utazi and supported by other senators in the upper chamber
In order to lessen the inconvenience for motorists, the Senate has directed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Adamu to reduce the number of checkpoints along Lagos-Onitsha road.
The motion was sponsored by Senator Chukwuka Utazi who cited orders 42 & 52 and moved a motion on the national security as opposed to what he called "disproportionate road checkpoints on the federal highways in the country."
Utazi's motion was supported by Senator Uche Ekwunife, who lamented that the said road has too many checkpoints with kidnappings taking place close to them on a daily basis.
On his part, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said that because of the checkpoints, some policemen unnecessarily arrest commercial drivers.
Abaribe said: "...police stop people in a commuter bus and ask people to come out, ask people to open their phones, if they see...transaction on your phone they will arrest you as a launderer and because of that, the arrested commuter becomes a victim."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the growing presence of security checkpoints in the southeast region.
John Nnia-Nwodo, the president-general of the Igbo socio-political group, said the group's investigation has shown that there was an unusual increase in the number of checkpoints operated by the military, paramilitary and police in all routes leading into and within the region.
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