Motorists plying various highways in Borno State have commended the new police patrol strategy tagged ‘Safer Highway’ which sees the teams stationed at the roads leading in and out of the state.
Speaking with our correspondent at motor parks leading to different directions from Maiduguri, the state capital, commercial vehicle drivers and other road users commended the police authorities for posting its patrol teams to areas prone to attacks by insurgents in the past.
Musa Ya-Malam, a commercial driver who plies Maiduguri-Damaturu and Maiduguri-Mulai along Damboa road said ‘Safer Highway’ patrol teams are now seen at major turns in the bush which gives motorists and passengers comfort and courage to use the roads.
“Before the commissioning of the patrol teams and their deployment to the highways, several motorists were killed along Maiduguri-Damaturu road. Since then, most motorists were afraid to pass there even after the military had cleared the road.We are now comfortable plying the road with the police patrol teams all over the place,” he said.
A businessman, Alhaji Umar Bulama of New Tashan Journey Park in Maiduguri said the presence of the new police patrol teams along the highways in the state has given confidence to the motorists.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderemi B. John Opadokun, while launching the new patrol teams at the police command headquarters in the state, said 15 brand new Hilux jeeps equipped with modern communication gadgets have been provided to the command by the force headquarters.
He said the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has also made adequate provision for the fueling of the patrol vehicles to guard against any excuse for inability to respond to distress calls.