The Presidency has condemned the practice by men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force that still demand money from innocent Nigerians for bail.
Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, on Thursday stated this during a round table talk with the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) study on mapping the process of obtaining bail at the Nigeria police station.
Represented by Mr. Olusegun Adekunle the Permanent Secretary in charge of the SGF’s office said the 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 formations to track detainees in their custody.
Speaking he said; “It is wrong for officers of the Nigeria Police Force to request money for bail from innocent Nigerians. It is 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.”
According to Boss Mustapha he said in order to sanitise and improve the ‘bail’ process at the 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).