The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Abubakar Marafa who is in charge of Zone 6, Abakaliki has re-affirmed that bailing of suspects in custody remains free.
Speaking on Tuesday, October 18, when he visited the Ebonyi Police Command, Marafa said:
“There should not be any form of payment for bail as the Inspector-General of Police has mandated that this instruction should be carried to the latter.”
On the ban placed on road blocks nationwide, the AIG said, “that is still valid”. He added that the loss of a firearm by any police office is punishable by the law.
“I have received many cases of loss of firearms and any officer who is careless with this will be punished.
“The concerned case would be reviewed and anyone found guilty will be charged to court and be made to pay for the government property he lost.
“Police personnel should place their rifles on-guard so that it would be well protected and secured. The rights of the citizens should also be protected as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Marafa further instructed posting of more male police officers at night duties than women since most of the women are married and have dependents to cater for during such periods.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi made a request from the AIG as he commended police efforts in protecting and restoring people confidence in the force.
Gov. Umahi asked the police to re-evaluate the issue of arrests in the state especially from their Headquarters in Abuja, necessitated by petitions from individuals. He said that petitions written against people must but investigated to determine its authenticity.
“The force have an organogram which runs from the state commands to the headquarters, but it is regrettable that when petitions are written about people, no one bothers to substantiate the petition.
“The arrests by the police from the headquarters especially put the lives of people at risk, both those making the arrest and the ones being arrested.
“People can hide under such guise to perpetrate evil, so we plead that the police organogram be strictly followed in the interest of the citizens.”
The Governor also encouraged them to ensure that before any case goes to the zone, it should be a situation where the petitioner is not satisfied with the way the Commissioner handled it.