Bail is free: Presidency blast police officers who collect money for bail

Presidency has decried the practice by officers of the Nigeria Police Force who still request money for bail from innocent Nigerians, despite the measures put in place to improve the bail process.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federal (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, disclosed this Thursday at a round table to validate the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) study on mapping the process of obtaining bail at the Nigeria police station.

Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in charge of his office, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, said that the current administration was making concerted efforts to establish at least one police forensic laboratory in each of the six geo-political zones of the country to enhance police investigation capacity and also establish database in all police for formations to track detainees in their custody.

According to him, “It is wrong for officers of the Nigeria Police Force to request money for bail from innocent Nigerians. It a equally important to point out that the concept of bail is largely misunderstood in Nigeria.

“This is because a lot of Nigerians believe that once an accused person who is being tried or investigated for an offence is released on bail, this automatically signifies the end of the matter.”

Mustapha noted that in order to sanitise and improve the ‘bail’ process at Nigeria Police Station, the present administration through the Inspector General of Police (IG) relaunched the ‘Bail is Free Campaign’ across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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