Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, at the weekend, ordered the arrest of two policemen for mounting roadblocks.
It was reliably gathered that Ogunjemilusi ordered the arrest of the indicted officers, following an investigation.
The commissioner, who confirmed the arrest on Saturday, said they would be sanctioned and could be demoted to serve as a deterrent to others.
The police boss stated that “roadblocks have been cancelled by the inspector-gneral of police and I am here to declare to you that in Bayelsa State, also, roadblocks are not allowed.
“What is permitted is targeted stop-and-search aimed at specific crimes or a sporadic one aimed at pre-empting some criminal elements based on information. It is not the usual blocking of the road and checking of vehicles anyhow.
“I have passed the instruction that any vehicle stopped henceforth must be recorded. You must write a report about it, the number, colour and why it was stopped.”
Similarly, the Bayelsa State Police Command informed the general public that it has inaugurated the Eminent Persons Forum, EPF.
It is an initiative of the acting Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim. Its mission is to partner with eminent citizens to reduce crime, make Bayelsa communities safe and increase public confidence in the Nigeria Police Force.
The forum consists of a minimum of 21 prominent persons drawn from various segments within communities in a divisional area and it will include, but not limited, to the following: police, local government authority, traditional institutions, hospitals, fire service, judiciary, business men, market women, transport unions, educational institutions, religious faiths, retired officials, service providers, journalists etc.
The forum will ensure that the conduct of policemen deployed to their communities is in line with best policing practices, offenders should be properly identified and victims to be supported effectively.
Intervention programmes/events that will divert youths from drugs, cultism, criminal gangs and violence among others will be developed.
In addition, programes that will enable residents to protect themselves from crime will be developed and the forum will create Neighbourhood Policing Funds for voluntary grants/donations to ensure that the policing needs of communities are met effectively.
The commissioner assured Bayelsans that the Eminent Persons Forum will not be turned into a talk shop or be hijacked by a few privileged individuals to hinder the fight against crime.

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