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.