Policemen in Kano now to be sanctioned for collecting money for bail of suspects

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Any policeman who takes money to secure the bail of suspects henceforth is in trouble, a commissioner in the law enforcement agency in Kano state, Habu Sani, has warned.

Sani, insists that bail is free and nobody should be made to dole out money to secure it for anyone that has been arrested.

The police commissioner thus warned that any of his men found wanting in that regard would be seriously sanctioned.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the commissioner said this when he spoke with the State Executive Council (SEC) of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kano council.

He said his command would continue to enlighten the people of the state on the need to know that bail is free.

“If any of our men fail to comply with the bail is free as directed, patriotic residents should not hesitate to report such officer to my office for appropriate actions and sanctions,” he said.

He added that he had passed instructions to all police units in the state for suspects to be treated in accordance with the laws of the country.

In this case, such suspects must either be released on bail or charged to court depending on the situation and the nature of their alleged offences and crimes.

He lamented that issues of stolen phones had become a challenge in the state and that gadgets had been deployed for the tracking of this crime.

Comrade Abbas Abdullahi, chairman of the NUJ in the state, promised that journalists would cooperate with the command in the bid to eradicate crime.