ByÂ Evelyn Usman
LAGOS â€” Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of zone II, Onikan, Mr Azukuko Udah, yesterday, said patrol along the Seme border had been intensified, with a view to checkmating illegal check points by policemen.
Already, the Zoneâ€™s monitoring team, according to him, had made some arrests, assuring the continuation of such to nip in the bud illegal activities.
Speaking at the meeting of regional media network for the implementation of the free movement protocol by the Economic Community of West African State, ECOWAS, Udah said the hitch in the free movement along the border was not caused by policemen only but other designated security agencies as well.
He, however, kicked against the agitation for the scrapping of check points along the road, saying the police would continue to carry out their constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order along the route.
â€œWe know there are problems and complaints about free movements at the border, which include too many security check points and harassment along the road. But the reason for putting check points or nipping points is meant to be one of the methods for preventing and detecting crime,â€ Udah said.
On his part, ECOWAS Commissioner for Customs, Trade, Industry, Mines and Free Movement, Alhaji Mohammed Daramy, in his welcome address, recalled that â€œthe ECOWAS heads of State and Government, had at a mini summit in 2000 in Abuja, called on member states to harmonise their trade liberation schemes as well as determine macro-economic convergence criteria and institutional arrangements for the achievement of a borderless community, as agreed in 1975.â€