Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Zubairu Muazu, has
said that any policeman who collects money for bail is not different
from 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 Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption
(RoLAC) programme of the European Union (EU) had set up a statement
taking room at the SCIID to enhance investigation.

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.

“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 donated.

“The vision and
the mission of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu,
is ensuring that a diligent investigation is a task that must be
accomplished,” she said.

The state’s Director of Public
Prosecution (DPP), Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, who was also at the event,
expressed delight in witnessing the commissioning of the facility, which
she described as very important in investigation.

To her,
overtime, there had been issues on manners in which statement was taken
from suspects, and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 has
mandated the recording of statements.

She added that the police
were not adequately equipped in statement taking before, and enjoined
them to utilise the new facility in line with the police practice and
the constitution.

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