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Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, has ordered the arrest of two policemen for allegedly flouting the directive of the police headquarters against mounting of roadblocks.
The two unnamed policemen are said to be working in the state Police command.
It was lerant that Ogunjemilusi ordered the arrest of the officers following an investigation.
Ogunjemilusi, who confirmed the arrest on Saturday, said the apprehension of the cops would send a strong message to other officers and men in the command.
The commissioner restated that roadblocks had been stopped across the country including Bayelsa by the Inspector-General of Police.
He said the arrested officers would be sanctioned, adding that they could be demoted to serve as deterrent to other policemen.
He said the police were only allowed to adopt targeted or sporadic stop-and-search aimed at specific crime in policing the highways.
Ogunjemilusi noted that he had passed an instruction that any person who stopped a vehicle must write detailed reports about his findings.
The police boss said, “Roadblocks have been cancelled by the IGP and I am here to declare to you that in Bayelsa State also, roadblocks have been cancelled.
“What is permitted is targeted stop-and-search aimed at specific crime or a sporadic one aimed at preempting some criminal elements based on information. It is not the usual blocking of the road and checking of vehicles anyhow.
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