Men of the Nigerian Police Force deployed on Ondo State Highways have been warned against extorting money from motorists.
Naija News reports that the warning was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, December 26 by the State Commissioner of Police, Oyeyemi Oyediran.
Oyediran who was addressing the cops on security during the yuletide urged them against using their duty posts to make life uneasy for motorists and other travellers.
Oyediran gave the warning when he paid an unscheduled visit to a section of the Benin-Ore Expressway to supervise the activities of police personnel posted to approved beats on the highway.
According to him, the development is a result of the outcry of citizens on the traffic congestion they encounter on the expressway caused by the outrageous number of roadblocks, unnecessary delay of commuters and pedestrians on transit.
“All the policemen posted on duty on highways must be at alert and not use their duty posts as a means of extortion,” Oyediran warned.
The CP further charged the police personnel to ward off criminals, promptly attend to emergencies, ease vehicular movement and protect all road users along the Benin-Ore axis.
The commissioner, who ensured free passage of vehicles on the highway during his visit, assured residents of Ondo State and all other road users of adequate security at all times.
In another news, a family and Church members have been thrown into mourning in Ogun State amid Christmas celebration after some gunmen shot dead Reverend Father Luke Adeleke.
The incident, Naija News learnt happened at the Ogunmakin community in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the State on Friday night.
It was reported that Fr Adeleke was waylaid by his assailants while returning to his residence after attending a mass on the Eve of Christmas.