The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has deployed the X-Squad to arrest and detain policemen who extorted members of the public before releasing suspects on bail.
He has equally directed all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police to immediately ensure that ‘bail is free’ stickers were pasted in the crime branch, statement room, charge room and other conspicuous locations in all police divisions, stations and outposts throughout the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of the ‘bail is free’ campaign in Niger State on Wednesday, Idris, who was represented by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood explained that the police leadership was concerned about the issue of corruption in the force especially the extortion of the public by police men.
He said, “The Inspector-General of Police and management team pay special attention to issues of corruption allegations most especially as it concerns bail of suspects in police custody.
“The IG has therefore directed the launch of ‘bail is free’ campaign in all the 36 states of the country and the FCT, starting today (Wednesday) from Niger State Police Command, ‘B’ Division in Minna.”
“He has deployed an X-Squad to arrest and detain policemen who extorted the public in order to release a suspect on bail.”