The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos, Zubairu Muazu, has said that any policeman who receives money for bail will be considered a kidnapper.
Muazu made the statement while speaking against corruption with policemen during the commissioning of a Statement Taking Room (STR) at the State Criminal Intelligence Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos, The Guardian reports.
According to the CP, it is an understatement that statement taking is important in police investigation, as it is the foundation of the process of investigation.
“I 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 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,” he said.
Muazu commended the officer in charge of SCIID for her diligence and assured members of the public that the STR would be utilised effectively.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), SCIID, Panti, Yetunde Longe, said the SCIID was more than ready to embrace global best practices in investigation, as she commended RoLAC for the donation of equipment and training of officers attached to the department.