The eight policemen were arrested by a Police Mobile Force (PMF), team led by the Commander in charge of Ethics, Doctrine and Monitoring, Mr. Anietie Eyoh. Three were arrested in Uyo and five in Calabar, Cross River State.
It will be recalled that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, had on assumption of office inaugurated a new PMF to arrest and institute disciplinary measures against policemen found mounting illegal roadblocks.
Mr. Eyo, arrested three mobile policemen who allegedly did not obey the directives of the IGP in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital. On their way to Cross River State with the arrested culprits, the team again arrested two mobile policemen who abandoned their beat at the National Independent Power Plant, Odukpani to mount illegal checkpoint along the Calabar-Itu expressway.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Mbu Mbu, said: “We have our departmental disciplinary procedure. The IG made a pronouncement that had to do with dress code, that they must be combat ready at all times. These are the things that we are now trying to enforce.
“We have forwarded the signals to all field commanders and have given them enough time so that the men would conform to the directive,” he said.