The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zubairu Muazu, on Tuesday inaugurated a statement-taking room for the CID Panti, Yaba, warning that policemen collecting money for bail were not different from kidnappers and would not be spared.
The facility was provided by the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (RoLAC) Programme managed by the British Council and funded by European Union.
At the inauguration on Tuesday, Muazu commended RoLAC for the initiative, noting that statement-taking was important in police investigation
He said the facility was important to police operations, assuring the British Council that it would be put to effective use.
The Lagos police boss warned officers men of the command against corrupt activities, saying that anyone caught would be decisively dealt with. He cautioned them against collecting money for bail. He assured members of the public that the facility would be utilised effectively.
Commenting, DCP Longe said the CID was prepared to embrace world best practices in investigation.
She commended ROLAC for donating equipment and training officers attached to the department.
The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Titilayo Shitta-Bay, is delighted to witness the inauguration, noting that the facility was important to police investigations.
She said that there had been issues with the manner in which statements were being taken from suspects.
She noted that the Administration of Criminal Justice Laws, 2015, mandated recording of statements.
Mrs Ajibola Ijimakinwa, the Lagos State Programme Coordinator of RoLAC, said that the programme was aimed at enhancing good governance, curbing corruption and ensuring that police cases would have successful prosecution.
Provided the three-room facility has investigating/statement taking rooms and a monitoring centre where police officers investigating cases are monitored.