The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Zubairu Muazu, has inaugurated a statement-taking room for the CID Panti, Yaba,
The facility was provided by the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (RoLAC) Programme managed by the British Council and funded by European Union.
While inaugurating the facility on Tuesday, Muazu warned policemen collecting money for bail that would not be spared if caught saying they were no different from kidnappers.
He commended RoLAC for the initiative, noting that statement-taking was important in police investigation
He assured the British Council that the facility would be put to effective use.
The CP charged officers men of the command to eschew corrupt activities, saying that anyone caught would be decisively dealt with.
He said: “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 kept the suspects.
“The country is hard and we need the people more than they need us. Let us stay far from corruption.”
Muazu commended DCP Yetunde Longe in charge of the CID for diligence.
In his remarks, DCP Longe said the CID was prepared to embrace world best practices in investigation.
She also commended ROLAC for donating equipment and training officers attached to the department.
“This will in no small measure add value to our productivity. I want to assure the CP, the donor and other stakeholders that this facility will be judiciously utilised for the intended purpose.
“The vision and mission of the I-G, Mohammed Adamu, to ensure diligent investigations is a task that must be accomplished,” she said.
The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bay, said she was delighted to witness the inauguration, noting that the facility was important to police investigations.
The three-room facility has investigating/statement taking rooms and a monitoring centre where police officers investigating cases are monitored.