Dan Bature, Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of police in charge of Zone 11 comprising Oyo, Osun and Ondo states, has said that any policeman checking vehicle particulars on the highway is on illegal duty, NAN reports.
Bature made this known on Wednesday, October 19, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, during a two-day familiarization visit to the state.
According to him, the duty of the police was not to check vehicle particulars but to ensure safer roads.
He said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) was committed to changing the negative image of the police and supporting the anti-corruption w*r of the federal government.
He noted that a lot was expected by the public from the police, adding that this 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.
Bature also advised officers unable to key into the laudable initiatives of the IGP to resign from the force.
This comes even as he warned policemen against blocking high ways, saying police patrol vehicles were not supposed to be toll gates.
Speaking earlier, Sam Adegbuyi, the Oyo state commissioner of police, said that the officers were dedicated and patriotic.
Meanwhile, IGP Ibrahim Idris recently reacted to the report by Amnesty International, which accused a special Nigerian police unit set up to combat c****s, of torturing detainees in its custody as a means of extracting confessions and lucrative bribes.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, IGP Ibrahim Idris denied all the allegations.
“Nigeria Police Force condemn in all its entity every element of torture in the conduct of police operations in this country,” he said.
He added: “And we have units on the ground to check some of these excesses.”