Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated 40 ``Light Armoured’’ patrol vehicles for highways across the country.
Speaking at the inauguration, Abubakar gave the assurance that more of such vehicles would be acquired and deployed to fight against crimes on highways.
The police boss directed commissioners of police in charge of the states to supervise the usage of the vehicles to ensure that they were used for the purpose they were meant.
He urged highway patrol personnel to shun corruption and unethical conducts, and to ensure that they used firearms strictly in accordance with police rules of engagement.
``This administration will not tolerate any act of disrespect by police officers to any citizen of this country. Anybody found wanting in the act of bribery and corruption, no matter how little, will be sanctioned.
``You must accord maximum respect to the fundamental rights of citizens at all times,’’ he said.
Abubakar acknowledged the challenges faced by the police in the current security situation in the country and commended them for their commitment and professionalism.
He also commended state governments that had donated crime fighting equipment to the police and called for more public support to enable the police perform effectively.
A breakdown of the distribution of some of the vehicles to some of the highways are as follows; Lagos-Ibadan-Ilesha (Centre-Ibadan) three, Lagos-Ore-Benin ( Centre Ore) two, Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria (Centre Kaduna) three, Gusau-Sokoto (Centre Gusau) three and Onitsha-Owerri (Centre Onitsha) 2.
Damaturu and Suleja towns has one each, while Port Harcourt-Aba-Enugu (Centre Aba) has two.