November 30, 2023

Ohanaeze Ndigbo visits Arase, decries mercantile Police activities on Eastern roads

**We will forward your complaints to IGP – Arase.

**Warned against attacking, killing policemen in S- East.

By: Kingsley Omonobi

The leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the Federal Capital Territory  Abuja has decried the mercantile activities of officers of the Nigeria Police Force on South East roads and lamented the hardship commuters go through while undertaking journeys across the zone.

They made this known through a delegation of the Igbo ethnic group who visited the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase (IGP Rtd,) on Thursday November 30, 2023 wherein they complained of the high level extortion by Police men and the  indiscriminate road blocks that has become unpleasant between the citizens and the Police.

A statement by the PSC said they called for dismantling of the fee paying road blocks in the zone especially with the coming heavy traffic expected during the Christmas and new year period in the South Zone.

Dr. Arase who promised to take up the matter with the Inspector General of Police also used the occasion to plead with the leadership of Ohaneze to stop the incessant killings of Policemen in the zone.

According to Arase, ” the killings of Police Officers in the South East is becoming worrisome. They are killing them everyday  and they should let the killers know that the Police is not there enemy.

“They have not done anything wrong. The Force have lost quite a number of serving Officers in the South East.

“We are your friends, stop making Police wives widows,  they are your sisters” he noted.

Dr. Arase said the problem of the South East is that of identity  crisis adding that ” we have resolved the perceived marginalisation of the zone in the Police representation in the country.

The leader of the Delegation, Elder (Bar) Onwu Arua, Presudent OHANEZE ND’IGBO  FCT Chapter said the Organization was concerned about the lack of interest of the Igbos in the current ongoing recruitment exercise for Constables into the Police Force.

Elder Araua however called for a more elaborate  plan in Police Recruitment  apparatus  to redress the disadvantages of South  East in the Nigeria Police structure.