The Lagos state commissioner of police (CP) Zubairu Muazu has commissioned “statement taking room” (STR) at the state criminal intelligence investigation Department (SCIID), panti, Yaba, Lagos.
The rule of law and Anti-corruption (RoLAC) programme of the European Union had set up the “statement taking room”.
Cp zubairu also used the opportunity to counsel officers and men on bail for money, describing it as an act not different from that of a kidnapper
According to the CP, it is an understatement that statement taking is important in police investigation, as it is the foundation of the process of investigation.
“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 keep the suspects.
“The country is hard and we need the people more than they need us. Let us stay far from corruption,” he said.
Muazu commended the officer in charge of SCIID for her diligence and assured members of the public that the STR would be utilised effectively.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), SCIID, Panti, Yetunde Longe, said the SCIID was more than ready to embrace global best practices in investigation, as she commended RoLAC for the donation of equipment and training of 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 utilized for the purpose for which it is donated.
“The vision and the mission of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, is ensuring that a diligent investigation is a task that must be accomplished,” she said.
Meanwhile cp zubairu Muazu commended men of operation puff adder alongside operation flush especially in the way they successfully prevented any kind of activity or killings in the name of 7/7 celebration across the states
He said hundred cultist and gangsters were arrested within that period as 70 has been charged to court while 30 others are still under investigation
According to him, item recovered include 4 Berretta pistols with live ammunition, one double barrel gun, 8 locally made pistol, 25 cutlasses, axes and other assorted weapons.