How do Nigeria's feel about dismantling of police road blocks across the nation?
I am sometimes dissappointed at the replies of certain people on this forum. Do we need to have road blocks for the police to perform? CAPITAL NO!!!! I have travelled by road from the south-west to the south-south. I do this a lot when I am on vacation because I love it. If you guys know what road users go through from Lagos to Ore down to Benin, Warri, Patani, Aba to Calabar, you would retract most of your comments.
A police on the highway knows you are at his mercies, because who would you cry to in the middle of nowhere? They stop you and ask for all sorts of non-existent documents. On one occasion, I was kept for almost 45mins just before Benin because I didn't have what the police officer called transfer of ownership certificate. The clown actually saw my CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE! My wife and 2 kids were in the car sweating and crying. He only let us go when the sky turned dark and rain fell. I cursed him from deep down.
Most of them are armed robbers in uniforms.
Yes they shoud be dismantled, but, yes but, as there is always a but with any change in life. My but is the road blocks shold come up in extrem cases, like chasing/looking for criminals, or detectives going about a real and live investigation. These road blocks should not be all day, just for a given period of time at unpredictable locations.
Quite a few Nigerian policemen either rent their service rifles and ammunition to armed robbers, or actually moonlight as part-time armed robbers themselves. Depriving such officers of their daily road-block income of motorists' "donations" will only serve to turm the police into full time armed robbers, since they are all expected to make cash returns to higher ranking officers back at the station, come hell or high water.
If an opinion poll were taken among Nigerian motorists regarding whether they would prefer to pay small change at road-blocks manned by on-duty policemen, or to lose their cars and possibly their lives at do-or-die road blocks manned by off-duty policemen-robbers, I think I know the stand most motorists would take. Oga Odeku is absolutely right in saying that roadblocks do not exist in the industrialized West, other than those occasionally set up on weekend nights to monitor driver sobriety.