Corruption in anywhere or form has attendant human consequences and therefore should be
discouraged in the society. To an average Nigerian, corruption and bribery is no longer a novel subject.
It is a scourge that has come to stay. But what should rouse the anger of the Nigerian public is the
nature and forms of police roadblock which is now a norm in the south east of Nigeria.
All over the world, the police is instrument of enforcing law and order to diminish the brutish nature of
mankind. Governments and nations just like Nigeria operate the police with certain statutory codes to
guide against abuse of power and privilege of the police, and follow rule of law. Therefore, it can not be
berated to assume that the police is vital arm of governance which serves as agent of correction, to
maintain the social ethos and balance which builds the mutual grounds between government and the
During the colonial administration, the import of a standing police was captured in the police
establishment Act (1930) to be responsible for promoting law and order, guarantee peace and security
of persons and property. However, what later became the Nigerian police by subsisting Acts of
parliament, has become nothing but a despicable identity among the Nigerian public, and worse still, a
nightmare to the law abiding and peaceful citizens in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
As a matter of public discomfort, the south east region has been infested with police men and women
who only use their statutory machineries to extort, exploit and intimidate the unsuspecting public. A
check conducted through Enugu-Abakaliki expressway, Afikpo-Okigwe road through Orumba, Awkaetiti,
Aguata to Onitsha in Anambra state, Aba-Owerri road, Owerri-Umuahia road, among other roads in the
south east, reveals that these routes suffer police road blocks at every half a kilometer distance.
Part of the displeasure caused by this unnecessary roadblocks is that drivers have to part some naira to
each one of them as they move along these routes. Orbit news gathered that drivers and commuters
alike can be asked to pull-up and movement stopped as long as they are not ready to play ball to the
demand of the police. This bizarre experience recorded a high tendency during the just celebrated
yuletide season in the south east. This caused some commuters to sleep on the roads even when they
are few kilometers away from their homes because some drivers could not continue in the night. Others
lost their belongings to bandits who attacked them while helpless on the road by night. Some drivers
will expend up to two thousand naira or more just driving around the south east due to fifty naira,
hundred naira, two hundred naira as the case may be, they give away to numerous police road mounts.
It suffices therefore, to call the attention of the inspector-general of police to do the needful to nib this
ugly development in this part of the country in the bud. As the present administration attempts to
popularize itself amongst the citizens by a resolve to fight corruption, it should be fought in many
pronged approach, including reorientation of the police in the south east against bribe taking at road
blocks. The statutory function of guaranteeing law and order, peace and security should in all modesty
be the envisioned goal of the Nigerian police to give credence to the mantra ‘’the police is your friend’’.