By Nneka Onyema and Blessing Uzoma
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Imo State, DSP Andrew Enwerem, has blamed the proliferation of police checkpoints on the nation’s roads on the technological deficiency in the country.
Speaking exclusively to Christian voice, recently, the police spokesman made a comparison between Nigeria and other countries where technological gadgets aid the police in detecting and preventing crime.
“In more advanced countries, they use technology as informants. In China, for instance, you have over one million cameras watching you, but you can’t see them. But Nigeria hasn’t grown to that stage”, he lamented.
He explained that here, Nigerians work with human intelligence and there is no magic they can make in the area of crime fighting being an under-developmed country.
DSP Enwerem explained that the policemen seen on the roads are on “stop and search” operations and appealed to people not to see their activities as inconveniences but as a necessity in the interest of security of lives and property.
He said that in the event of a kidnap, the kidnappers could be easily intercepted at the road blocks because they will certainly take their victims along the road and not through the air.
So also is car snatching, which, according to him, is communicated to the patrol teams and the stop and search teams on the road with a view to rescue victims and arrest suspects.
The police spokesman said that the command was also preparing itself for the yuletide when crime rate increases as a result of the get-rich quick mentality of youths.
To this end, they have fashioned operational order which specifies roles and modalities to combat crime.