The Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Army has conducted a sensitisation talk for troops deployed at various roadblocks and checkpoints within the Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Jonah Eromosele Unuakhalu, Ag. Director of the Army Public Relations disclosed this on Saturday, August 26, 2023.
The military, according to him, has been involved in manning checkpoint across the country due to insecurity which has threatened the sovereignty of the country.
“Despite the numerous advantage of military checkpoint, there has been series of complaints from the civil populace on the unprofessional conducts of troops at military checkpoints which negates the aim of setting up the checkpoint,” Unuakhalu said.
He noted that roadblocks and checkpoints are essential security measures in monitoring and controlling the movement of vehicle and people in a particular area, adding that they aid law enforcement, traffic and security management.
The seminar, held between August 22 and 24, was meant to educate and reorientate soldiers on global operating procedures for roadblocks and checkpoints security control in line with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Command Philosophy which is “To Transform the NA into a Well trained, Equipped and Highly Motivated Force Towards Achieving our Constitutional Responsibilities within a Joint Environment.”
During the sensitisation lecture series, various topics ranging from types of road blocks, principles of road blocks, importance of professional act of soldiers at military checkpoint were discussed. Others are implication of extortion and punishment to be awarded to erring personal was discussed.
“The general public is therefore advised to desist from giving gratification to soldiers at checkpoints and report cases of misconduct by troops to the appropriate authorities. The Division will continue to carry out it assigned and constitutional role in line with global best practices,” the NA emphasised.