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The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim k. Idris NPM, mni, has given a nationwide order to officers on roadblocks. Idris ordered the dismantling of all roadblocks nationwide with immediate effect; particularly on the following routes, Lagos-Ibadan, Shagamu-Benin, Benin-Onitsha, Okene-Abuja, Kaduna-Kano, Katsina – Kano, Otukpo – Enugu, Enugu – Port Harcourt Express Ways. According to him, most of the roadblocks were illegal and unlawful, meant to exploit and intimidate Nigerians, a development that must be put to an end immediately. “The IGP has also directed the Special X-Squads to embark on removal of other forms of illegal blockage and obstructions on Highways and Roads, created by unlawful Revenue/Tax collectors, Road Transport Unions, Labour and Trade-related unions inhibiting vehicular movement and smooth passage of passengers and goods, and other road users across the country. “For avoidance of doubt, the Taxes and Levies act, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 section 2 (2) disallowed any person, including a Tax Authority from mounting a Roadblock in any part of the Federation for the purposes of collecting any Tax or Levy. “While monitoring and ensuring full compliance with this directive by all the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Force hereby advised the relevant State Governments, Local Government Councils, Boards of States Internal Revenue Service, and various Transport Unions, Labour and Traders Associations that it is against the law for any organization to create a blockage to restrict or restrain members of the public the free usage of and Highways anywhere in the country,” the statement noted.

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