The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Ehigiator Arase, on Saturday said that setting up of road blocks on highways across the country will not bring about the desired solution to the challenges of crime facing the country.
Arase who spoke at a reception organised for him by the Ora people of Owan West local government area of Edo State in recognition of his elevation to the position of IGP, noted that roadblocks on highways are mere avenue that create social friction between law enforcement agents and members of the public.
“Road block was not a panacea to curb crime. It is an avenue that create social friction between us and members of the public,” he said, adding that the implementation strategies on police reforms and its road map was being perfected.
The IGP who vowed that he would continue his clampdown on cultists and their activities across the country, said he has no apology for the police action on cultism in Edo State and that nobody dare talk to him about them.
“I have dealt with cultists in Edo and Kogi and I will continue to deal with them. No country can eradicate crime but we can make crime tolerable. We are going to remove police from politicians. It is an ongoing thing,” he said.
Arase appealed to youths to have self believe, imbibe the spirit of endurance, positive ambition and contentment as only through such can they become role models and great achievers whose lives would be as worthy as his and other Edo citizens, adding that a society without moral attitude youths, such a community will remain perpetually endangered and threatened with serious social disorders like kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism.
He therefore called on parents to join hands in the restoring the dwindling discipline, moral standard and academic passion of the youths, adding: “this is the reality of our society because it takes the community resolve to restore sanity.
In his goodwill message, the state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said Nigeria needs people like Arase to drive the change that President Muhammadu Buhari has promised in securing the country so that people can go about their businesses without hindrance, adding that the IGP possesses the required skills to deal with the challenges in the Nigeria Police.
He described Arase as a man of very unique ability and one who represents the finest qualities of the Edo man, saying that his elevation to the position of IGP was a manifestation of how he carried out his job.
Oshiomhole who said Arase rose to the top by merit, said unlike people from other parts of the country, it was very difficult for a minority to become a Commission of Police and much more difficult to become the IGP.
He therefore promised that the government and people of the state will arrange a more elaborate reception for him, as according to him no one know when another person from the minorities would be appointed IGP.
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