Inspector General of Police Stops use of commercial vehicles for Police Operations

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has directed that all police commands and formations should immediately stop the use of commercial vehicles and those painted in states’ commercial colours for police operations and patrol duties.

The directive was contained in a statement issued to all police formations and commands nationwide on Thursday

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, in Abuja, explained that the directive was due to “enormous negative consequences associated with such practices, as complained by members of the public.”

The IG also warned that violation of the order by any police unit will attract severe sanctions.

In the meantime, Nigerians have called on governments of Economic Community of West African States to ease the difficulty of movement of citizens in these countries.

An Afro-barometer research conducted by the CLEEN Foundation indicated that 62 per cent of Nigerians said West Africans should be able to move freely across international borders in order to trade or work.

More than half of respondents to questionnaires made available during the research lamented that movement across ECOWAS states was very difficult.

The respondents, who were also asked to choose the model of development preferred for the country from other countries, including United States, China, United Kingdom, South Africa and India, preferred the US development model followed by China.

The report also showed that while respondents said the investment strides of China in Nigeria and their influence on the Nigerian economy were positive, majority of respondents said quality of Chinese products contributed to China’s negative image in the country.

On the issue of remittance of funds from friends or relatives living in foreign countries, majority of respondents said they have never received money from anyone abroad.

The Programme Manager of CLEEN Foundation, Nengak Daniel, said the research team interviewed 2,400 adult respondents between November and December 2014.

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