The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu on Monday said policemen who collect money for bail are not different from kidnappers who ask for ransom.
Muazu made the statement while speaking with policemen on corruption during the commissioning of a Statement Taking Room at the State Criminal Intelligence Investigation Department SCIID, Panti.
The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme under the European Union had set up a statement taking room at the SCIID to enhance police investigation.
Commending RoLAC for the initiative, Muazu noted that it is an understatement to say that statement taking is important in police investigation as it is a foundation in the process of investigation.
“I will advise that we stay far away from corruption. It gives us bad name as it is unprofessional and unethical.
“We have always said bail is free and we mean it. I keep saying it that any policeman who collects money for bail is not different from a kidnapper. The only difference is that everyone knows where you keep the suspects.
“The country is hard and we need the people more than they need us. Let us stay far from corruption.
Muazu commended DCP Yetunde Longe in charge of the SCIID, Panti for her dilligence and assured members of the public that the Statement Taking Room will be utilised effectively.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCIID, Panti, DCP Yetunde Longe said the SCIID is more than ready to embrace the world best practice in investigation as she commended ROLAC for the donation of equipments and training of officers attached to the department.
“This will in no small measure add value to our productivity. I want to assure the CP, the donor and other stakeholders that this facility will be judiciously utilised for the purpose for which it is intended.
“The vision and the mision of the IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu in ensuring a diligent investigation is a task that must be accomplished.” she said.
The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mrs Titilayo Shitta-Bey who was also at the event said she was delighted to witness the commissioning of the facility which she described as very important in investigation.
She said overtime there had been issues on manners in which statement is being taken from suspects and the Administration of Criminal Justice Laws 2015 has mandated the recording of statements.
She added that the police was not adequately equipped in statement taking before and enjoined them to utilise the newly donated facility in line with the police practice and the Nigeria Constitution.