MR Dan Bature, an Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in Charge of Zone 11, comprising Oyo, Osun and Ondo states, has said any policeman checking vehicle particulars on the highways is on illegal duty.
Bature said this on Wednesday, in Ibadan, during a two-day familiarisation visit to Oyo State.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the AIG said that the duty of the police was not to check vehicle particulars but to ensure safer roads.
Bature warned policemen against blocking highways, saying police patrol vehicles were not supposed to be toll gates.
He said the Inspector General of Police (IGP) was committed to changing the negative image of the police and supporting the anticorruption war of the Federal Government.
Bature advised officers unable to key into the laudable initiatives of the IGP to resign from the force.
He said that a lot was expected by the public from the police, adding that that informed the monitoring of officers.
“The Inspector General of Police is determined to improve on your welfare and pursue the increment of your salary.
“But this can only be achieved when the people have good perception about the police, “Bature said.
Earlier, Sam Adegbuyi, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, said that the officers were dedicated and patriotic.
Adegbuyi said that in view of the population of Oyo State, the command needed to create three more Area Commands in addition to the existing four commands.
He commended the AIG, Oyo government and the Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC) for the successes recorded so far in the fight against crime.
Meanwhile, AIG Bature warned police officers not to turn patrol vehicles into toll gate.
While addressing members of the command to be of good behaviour and agents of change, the AIG said, “The Federal Government is poised to change the face of Nigeria in relation to corruption. Unfortunately, the Police have also been accused of corruption. The Inspector General of Police is determined to purge police of corruption.
“We will soon launch the escort to change all facets of Nigerian Police that has something to do with corruption. Members should be ready to change for members of the public to have confidence in us. You can’t change the people if you’ve not changed yourself.
“Gentlemen, don’t allow any of us to be used as scapegoats. Patrol vehicles are not supposed to be toll gate; we will monitor patrol team activities at the national level, zonal, command and division level.”