Faith Aghaeze, Abuja
In a bid to assure Nigerians of a safer road, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase,has commission 250 high way operational vehicles that will be used Nationwide.
Arase, while commissioning the vehicles on Monday at the Force headquarter in Abuja , said the patrol vehicles is to assure Nigerians of a safer road.
The police boss noted that the vehicles is to give meaning to his order on the ban of police road blocks across the length and breath of the country and to reassure Nigerians that they shall not be exposed to security threats on account of the ban.
“It is a day that the motorised patrol system will be launched to fill the security void created by the deviation from the road block policing system”
He said the new scheme which is tagged ‘ The Safer Highway Patrol’ is an alternative to road blocks.
“It will ensure the deployment of patrol vehicles along major highways across the country and at points considered as high -security risk where road blocks were hitherto mounted as a deterrent to criminal elements”he added
According to the IGP, the officers patrolling with the cars will provide social policing service to needy members of the public.
“ This will include offering assistance to travellers with broken down vehicles on the highways as well as accident victims” he said
Arase stated that the ideal of this safe high way patrol was premised on a national highway risk assessment undertaken by the Force leadership, adding that subsequent phase will witness deployment of more patrol teams to additional highways.
“The Vehicles being deploy today are branded for each state and high way and they are provided with dedicated phone numbers for ease of contact by Informant or citizen in distressed.”
He announced that the force is engaging the leadership of the Federal Road Safety Commission’ FRSC, with a view to securing authorised access to their Motor Vehicle licence Data Base to support the crime detection function of the force.
He however, assured officers selected for the high way patrol of their welfare, fuelling of the cars and possible promotion by acts of gallantr