Police, army feed fat on roadblocks along Benin-Ore road

Sun Nov 24th, 2019 - Lagos

With several businesses witnessing low performance and companies facing hard times, it now seems business to enlist among one of Nigeria’s security outfits, after which one is posted along the Benin-Ore road.

The number of security checks along the route increased after the killing of Olufunke Olakunrin, the daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, by persons suspected to be herdsmen in Ondo State on July, 2019. It will be recalled that former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in 2018 ordered the immediate dismantling of roadblocks across the country. Idris at that time said the move became necessary, so, as not to obstruct the highways under the guise of collecting revenue.

He, however, assured of security and safety of travellers and other road users on all the highways and major roads throughout the country.But a few weeks after the pronouncement, the men of the Nigeria police returned to the roads, extorting motorists, especially in Lagos, using commercial vehicles for official van, including ordering passengers in already loaded vehicle to alight for them to commandeer the buses for patrol.




source: Guardian