• Tue. Oct 4th, 2022

    …Anyone who gives money to the police is just as culpable as the police officer who accepts the bribe” Lagos CP

    Mr. Abiodun Alabi, the commissioner of police for Lagos State, has urged the public to refuse any requests for bribes made by any police officers while they are performing their jobs, regardless of the officers’ position.

    Alabi emphasized that no civilian should ever provide money to police to help get bail or carry out an officer’s duty during an interactive session with Crime Reporters on Saturday at the Police Officers Mess in Ikeja, Lagos.

    The police chief reminded the public that everyone who gives money to the police is just as culpable as the police officer who accepts the bribe while repeating the adage that “bail is free.”

    “Nigerians like to buy their freedom because they have committed”

    He wondered why a man would want to waste money bribing police to secure his freedom if he has not committed crime.

    While commending the commitment of officers and men of tactical units like the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism and so on, in the recent decrease in crime in Lagos State, the Commissioner warned the bad elements in the various squads to desist from demanding and collecting money from members of the public who come to them with crime related problems.

    “Information had reached me of instances where huge sums were demanded by some operatives of the Squads from members of the public who came to lodge one complaint or the other.

    At such occasions, he disciplined such erring officers adding that he would henceforth deal ruthlessly with any officer or rank and file caught indulging in such anti service activities.

    The CP Lagos commended Crime Reporters in Lagos who have helped him to attain his modest achievements since he assumed office in the State seven months ago.

    Earlier in his speech, President of Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN), Mr. Lekan Olabulo commended the Commissioner for carrying journalists along in policing Lagos State, adding that Alabi’s interest in the affairs of the beat Association would not be taken for granted as police and crime reporters are partners in progress.

    Other journalists who spoke at the event also commended the police boss for running an open door policy which has made his administration a success so far.

    Hyacinth Chinweuba

    HYACINTH Chinweuba is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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