Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has warned Nigerians against paying policemen for the release of suspects in their custody.
Arase insisted that bail is free and anybody who pays for it is bribing the police, stressing that any policeman who demanded money for bail should be reported to senior officers for disciplinary action.
The Police Chief, who handed the warning yesterday at the Force Headquarters, Abuja when answering questions from journalists during a meeting with senior officers, said: “We have a zero tolerance for payment of money to free suspect. I am appealing to members of the public, not to corrupt my men; it takes two to tango. If they ask you for bribe and you refuse to give, and you have avenues where your grievances can be ventilated, I do not see any reason why you should give them bribe. The Commissioner of Police is there; the Area Commander is there; the DPO is there; and the technical platform to report corrupt policemen ( is there. We have opened ourselves to public accountability. So, you cannot say the whole problem should be blamed on the police force.”
Arase also disclosed that two suspected kingpins responsible for the spate of kidnappings in Ekiti State were arrested yesterday morning, while cultists operating in Edo State have been dislodged, “technically amputated,” since the arrest and transfer to Abuja of 11 suspects believed to be their ring leaders in the state.
He however expressed worry over the crime waves in Kogi, Rivers and Benue states, describing them as problematic states in terms of crime.
He however promised to deployed personnel to those states in 48 hours to tackle the problem, even as he directed Commissioners of Police, CPs to report threat to security, in their respective states to the Force Headquarters for intervention.
He threatened to sanction any CP who allowed security situation to get out of hand and caused embarrassment to the nation before reporting it for intervention.
He said, “We are sending the message loud and clear that we will not allow any miscreant to turn any state in the federation into a lawless state. Wherever we find them, we will pursue them; we will arrest and prosecute them”.
Arase said the meeting was called to assess the success of special operations embarked upon by the police in Edo and Ekiti states in the last two weeks, and that the police would map out strategies to ensure hitch-free inauguration of elected leaders at both the federal and state levels on Friday.

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