Igbos outraged over IGP’s roadblock order, decry 60 police roadblocks from Lagos to Onitsha
They gave a breakdown of the roadblocks to consist of 24 checkpoints between Lagos and Ore; 23 checkpoints between Ore and Benin and 13 checkpoints from Benin to Onitsha.
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Sixty roadblocks from Lagos to Onitsha. That is the number of roadblocks you will have to endure if you are travelling to the Eastern part of Nigeria this holiday.
And if you are going farther than Onitsha, say to Enugu or Ebonyi, the number could easily double.
That is why Igbo people in Nigeria have raised alarm, condemning in strong terms the statement made by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, on the continuous roadblocks on the South West to South East and South-south regions of the country.
The Igbos under the coalition of notable Igbo think tanks, namely Otu Oka Iwu Ndigbo Lagos Foundation, Aka Ikenga and Nzuko Umunna, have addressed a press in Lagos on Thursday, saying that the numerous roadblocks were causing untold suffering, humiliation and hardship to travellers.
Insisting that there were 60 police roadblocks from Lagos to Onitsha, they gave a breakdown of the roadblocks to consist of 24 checkpoints between Lagos and Ore; 23 checkpoints between Ore and Benin and 13 checkpoints from Benin to Onitsha.
They described the multiplicity of roadblocks as insensitive, provocative and unacceptable, especially considering unconstitutional breeches occasioned by the roadblocks stretching from Sagamu through Benin to Onitsha.
“It is noteworthy that several inspector generals of police before him, from Suleiman Abba to Mohammed Abubakar, had issued similar directives to dismantle roadblocks.
“That is why we found the position of Mr Adamu untenable and unacceptable. The checkpoints escalate confrontation which leads to fatal shootings by security agencies. The roadblocks have amounted to extortion centres for frisking innocent citizens of their hard-earned money,” the group said.
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