NAN – The police in Delta has inaugurated special patrol teams to ensure safety of road users in the state.
DSP Celestina Kalu, the police spokesperson in the state, said this in a statement issued in Asaba on Sunday.
She said that the development followed a directive by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase.
She noted that the IG recently directed the commissioners of police in all states of the federation to strengthen security, especially on the highways under their jurisdictions.
“The Delta Commissioner of Police wishes to allay the fears of the public that the withdrawal of military check-points nationwide will not lead to increase of crime.
“He assures the public and road users that the patrol teams will police all roads in the state on daily basis.
“The patrol vehicles are well equipped, with distress call numbers inscribed on each of them to enable members of the public to report all occurrences of criminal activities.
“Although the ban on road blocks on the highway is still in force, patrol men could occasionally embark on stop and search as part of crime preventive/detective mechanisms.
“However, the officers have been directed not to use such duty for extortion purposes,’’ Kalu said.
She urged the public to report any policeman who engaged in corrupt practices on their duty posts.