Police warn against turning highways into toll gate, checking drivers’ particulars

    Dan Bature, Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of police in charge of Zone 11 comprising Oyo, Osun and Ondo states, has said that any policeman checking vehicle particulars on the highways is on illegal duty. Bature made this known on Wednesday, October 19, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, during a two-day familiarization visit to the state.

    According to him, the duty of the police was not to check vehicle particulars but to ensure safer roads. Dan Bature, AIG of police in Zone 11 comprising Oyo, Osun and Ondo states, has warned policemen against checking vehicle particulars on the highways.

    He said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) was committed to changing the negative image of the police and supporting the anticorruption war of the federal government. He noted that a lot was expected by the public from the police, adding that this informed the monitoring of officers.

    “The Inspector General of Police is determined to improve on your welfare and pursue the increment of your salary.

    “But this can only be achieved when the people have good perception about the police,” Bature said. Bature also advised officers who are unable to key into the laudable initiatives of the IGP to resign from the force.

    This comes even as he warned policemen against blocking high ways, saying police patrol vehicles were not supposed to be toll gates. Speaking earlier, Sam Adegbuyi, the Oyo state commissioner of police, said that the officers were dedicated and patriotic.