By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
A pro-transparency non-governmental body-Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA), has asked the new acting Inspector-General of police Mr. Suleiman Abba, to perish the thought of introducing police check points through a subterfuge, which he has renamed tactical operation points.
The group has rather urged the hierarchies of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Nigerian Customs Service (NCS); Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigerian Army to jointly set up formidably equipped anti-weapons’ smuggling offices in the various entry points into Nigeria from Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
In a statement to the media, jointly endorsed by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Ms. Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA said any attempt to reintroduce through the back door the ‘criminally minded’ and ‘bribe seeking’ police check points should be vigorously opposed by Nigerians who bear the severe brunt of gross human rights violations, harassment, extortion and extra judicial killings by trigger hoppy rogue police operatives who are usually deployed to such checkpoints.
HURIWA added: “We view the announcement of the creation of the so-called tactical operation points in the frontline states of counter insurgency as a subterfuge to stage a gradual come back of the notorious police check points which were outlawed by the immediate past police chief.
“We urge the acting Inspector-General to go back to the drawing board and design better strategy such as the setting up of joint military/police/Para-military anti-weapons’ smuggling units to be stationed in the border points to Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
“The police in the different state commands can as well map out dynamic strategy to mop up illegal arms and small weapons that litter the terror frontline states. Setting up check points is certainly not a good solution. The new police chief should build up good enough quality intelligence for the Nigeria Police and not dissipate energy on his new game plan of reintroducing ‘rebaptized’ police checkpoints”, it stated.