NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
Kano, Dec. 31, 2013
The Joint Security Task Force (JTF) in Kano says it has set up a monitoring team to check the conduct of its personnel at various checkpoints in the metropolis.
This is contained in a statement by the JTF spokesperson, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Tuesday.
“The need for the establishment of the monitoring team stems from the
determination of the JTF to ensure that road users are free to move about without unnecessary molestation. “This is also necessary in order to ensure that security is prevalent in Kano and its environs,’’ the statement said.
It said the Task Force had also
established additional checkpoints and increased patrols within Kano and its environs to enhance security during the New Year celebration. The statement warned road users and
other members of the public not to give any form of gratification to personnel of the JTF. It said both the giver and receiver of gratification would be arrested and prosecuted.
“The task force monitoring team will as part of its modus operandi arrest all defaulting personnel and road users as well as confiscate vehicles of violators of earlier directives on giving gratification to JTF personnel.
“Both the giver and receiver are liable. The command views this act seriously as one which is capable of not only compromising JTF personnel at checkpoints, but the overall security,’’ the statement said. It urged road users to slow down while
approaching any JTF checkpoint and
switch on the inner light of their vehicles at night.
“Searches at checkpoints may take a few minutes of the road users’ time. However, some road users, due to impatience, would prefer to part with gratification in an attempt to drive off at top speed,’’ the statement said.
While assuring of its commitment to
ensuring peace prevailed, the task force said it would continue to count on the people’s support and co-operation to effectively discharge its responsibilities.