Just 24 hours ago, they banned the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit from conducting stop and search.

Now the Nigerian Police itself has ordered return of stop and search operations nationwide, leaving Nigerians to wonder what is really happening?

In a statement, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, said the move was to prevent crimes and criminality during the Christmas and New Year Festivity.

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“IGP orders immediate commencement of Stop & Search Operations across Nigeria to prevent crimes and criminality during the Christmas and New Year Festivity.

“Police Federal Highway Patrol Teams, Safer Highway and Divisional Patrol Teams have been mandated and are under strict instruction to be polite, civil but strict in ensuring security and safety of travelers and other road users on all the highways and major roads throughout the country.

“The Inspector General of Police has equally directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police and Commissioners of Police to ensure that no roadblock is mounted anywhere in the country but to put in place visibility police patrol teams and crime prevention squads in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR) throughout the country to ensure safety and free passage for all travelers nationwide," the statement read.

He, however, called on the members of the public to promptly report any roadblock seen mounted anywhere in the country to the IGP X-Squad.

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