The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has set up a special squad, as part of the moves to checkmate the excesses of some serving police officers across the states of the federation.
Daily Independent gathered that the squad codename ‘Safer Highways’, is to patrol highways during the day and at night in order to act as watchdogs to serving police officers on our various highways.
Police officers attached to the squad have been provided with well equipped patrol vehicles with telephone numbers boldly inscribed on these vehicles.
A senior police officer at the Force Headquarters in Abuja in a telephone chat with our correspondent on Thursday said that 150 Safer Highways Police Patrol vehicles have been distributed to all state police commands and units nationwide in the last one week.
Apart from ensuring that members of the public call the numbers inscribed in these vehicles to report the excesses of the police, it also has the dual function of ensuring that the same public call the police to report any criminal activities either in the day or night, our source further explained.
Emmanuel Ojukwu, Force Public Relations Officer, said that officers of the squad are directly under the supervision of the State Police Commissioners and members of the public could call the police commissioners in their various states of the Police Public Relations Officers to report any incident.